Who Won Fiscal Friends During the Shutdown?
OpenSecrets.org, a website tracking money in U.S. politics, recently examined the financial backers behind a group of twenty Republican House members the New York Times labeled “dissidents.” Looking at quarterly reports for the group shows that the shutdown was not a way to win friends and influence people
Using campaign finance reports, OpenSecrets surveyed the nineteen members running for re-election in the House. In the first quarter they averaged $135,889, and the second quarter saw their average increase to $162,974. In the third quarter, which lasted from July 1 to September 30, the sum only totaled $104,868.
The group includes Republicans like Louisiana’s John Flemming who has been quoted saying that, ”Obamacare is the most dangerous piece of legislation ever passed in Congress.” This is characteristic of the stance of other members, who on the eve of the shutdown, were adamant in the fight against the Affordable Care Act. They saw their fundraising results decline, and it may be part of a bigger trend.