Open Checkbooks: So Far This Cycle, DeLay, Hoyer Give More Than Hastert, Pelosi
By Allison Stevens, CQ Staff
When it comes to colleague-to-colleague giving, the No. 2 leaders are the tops.
In the Senate, Majority Whip Mitch McConnell has ponied up far more cash for other people's campaigns so far than his boss, Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.
The Kentucky Republican gave $150,000 through Feb. 9 to fellow Republican candidates through his leadership political action committee and his campaign committee combined, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which published a Top 20 list of two-committee givers.
Frist didn't make the list.
In the House, Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the majority leader, gave $407,000 to GOP candidates, out-contributing Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois by $35,000.
On the Democratic side, Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland gave $246,500 to Democratic candidates, $34,000 more than Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., was in a class by himself among the top leaders, perhaps because he has a tough re-election race and has been a particularly active fundraiser.
Daschle donated $160,000 to fellow Democrats, while Minority Whip Harry Reid of Nevada failed to make the analysts' Top 20 list.