Democrat Gets Obama's Help In Spite of Himself

The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee fundraising event President Obama headlined Monday in Los Angeles, California brought in $1 million for House Democrats heading into November midterms. One of the districts the DCCC has reserved advertising for in the 2010 elections is Indiana 2, where Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is up for re-election. Donnelly voted for the final health care bill in March and the House-passed version in November 2009. The DCCC’s reserved advertising in his district is $276,740 for the final week of the election, according to Jim Geraghty at National Review, and total reserved advertising in the district is estimated at $550,000.

Nothing unusual, until you contrast it with the ad below that Donnelly’s campaign is running. The ad depicts Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) as it references Donnelly not being a puppet of the Washington crowd. It received national press for its implication of Donnelly distancing himself from Obama.

So while Donnelly is bucking the Washington establishment, President Obama is helping the DCCC fund reserved advertising in Donnelly’s district.