Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Doolittle - So Much Money....Need More Fundraisers

For a guy who hasn't had to spend more than a couple of bucks on all of his campaigns combined for the last decade or more, Representative John Doolittle (CA-4) sure needs a lot of help fundraising. According to TPM Muckraker, Doolittle has a couple (literally) of former staffers who do "fundraising consulting." Of course, Doolittle's wife is in charge of all of his campaign and PAC fundraising.

Here's the backstory on Lopez: he began working for Doolittle in 1985, when Doolittle was a California state senator. When Doolittle won his Congressional seat in 1991, Lopez came with him as his chief of staff. Lopez announced his resignation in February 2005; but even after Lopez left the Hill, Doolittle didn't stop writing him checks. Since May 2005, Doolittle's campaign has paid David Lopez about $4600 a month for "fundraising consulting." His wife Kathy had worked with the campaign before he stepped down; in total, the campaign has paid her nearly $9,000 in fees and $17,445 in reimbursements since January 2005.
Fundraising for Doolittle must be a tough job.