How Nancy Pelosi got Senate Democrats to write huge checks to the party

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after a ceremony to present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the Fallen Heroes of 9/11Senate Democrats — 25 of whom served in the House and 14 of whom served there in the 2000s — have been trained to cut big checks to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from their personal committees, or PACs. Republicans, much to the lament of many top GOP operatives in Washington, have not. Sitting Democratic senators have given almost $5 million to the DSCC so far during 2014, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics requested by Yahoo News. Republicans, who are hoping to take back the Senate majority, have only pitched in $1.6 million to their National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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