Robert Novak

Sen. Robert Byrd, president pro tempore of the Senate who joined the most liberal senators in voting against censure of MoveOn.org, received $824,000 from the left-wing organization for his 2006 re-election campaign. Only 25 senators refused to condemn MoveOn.org for its newspaper ad belittling Gen. David Petraeus, the commander in Iraq.

Federal Election Commission figures show Sen. Hillary Clinton, who also voted against the resolution, received only $5,700 from MoveOn.org. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, second-ranking to Byrd among the organization's recipients with $389,000, voted for the censure resolution.

Byrd received his MoveOn.org money in a torrent of 2005 Internet giving after delivering a fiery attack on President Bush's Iraq war policy. It was thought then, incorrectly, that Republicans would seriously challenge Byrd's election to a ninth Senate term from West Virginia.

CHEAP FUNDRAISER

Republican Rep. Tom. Reynolds, who nearly lost his upstate New York district in 2006, is conducting a Washington fundraiser Oct. 15 costing as little as $50 to attend. That unusually low figure reflects generally declining prices in a deteriorating Republican financial climate.

Reynolds's invitation asks supporters to gather "behind the bar at the bottom of the stairs" at McFadden's Saloon in Washington to "tailgate with Tom" watching the Buffalo-Toronto hockey game.

While chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for the 2006 election cycle, Reynolds faced an unusually strong challenge for his seat and won with 52 percent of the vote. He left the NRCC $16 million in debt after losing control of the House.


Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.
 

 
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