DC Dems Go for Broke

Local party plagued by infighting, money woes

By Andrea Berry
|  Friday, Apr 9, 2010  |  Updated 2:31 PM EDT
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DC Dems Go for Broke

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D.C. has a reputation for being the bluest of blue, but apparently that's not enough for local Democrats.

The D.C. Democratic State Committee is having money problems. In fact, if it doesn't come up with some fast cash, it's going to go broke, according to the Washington Post.

The local party has $21,000 in the bank, its treasurer told the Post. But it's $48,000 in the hole.

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has recommended the election board fine the committee $18,000 for failing to report $172,000 in donations it collected for party offenses at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, according to the Post.

On top of that, the local party is supposed to refund $30,000 in contributions that exceeded the legal limits, the Post reported.

And if that weren't bad enough, the party is plagued by infighting.

"What is going on in the D.C. Democratic State Committee is just obscene," one committee member told the Post. "It's tragic to basically see the destruction of the infrastructure of the D.C. Democratic Party. Here we are in a Democratic bastion, here in the nation's capital, and we don't even have an office."

However, chairman Anita Bonds told the Post that the party will persevere.

"If we have to raise the money, we will be raising the money," she said. "We will be asking for support. The party will be solvent."

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