Tom Davis poised to withhold money from "Fractious Republicans"

By: Andrea Chamblee
Published On: 1/14/2007 2:34:30 PM

Tom Davis is hanging on the Republican bandwagon, even though it's on fire, and the natives are circling. Even though he promised Virginia voters he is "his own man."  Davis will lead the NRCC in 2007-2008 and he'll play an important role in NRC annual meeting in D.C. this week. He's not a Whip, but he'll be writting more checks for the next Congressional race. With those checks, he'll be punishing the Congressional reps who voted with the Democrats in the First 100 hours with his decisions to withhold money for their races.
In today's WaPo, Republicans say
You're freer to vote your conscience," said Rep. Jo Anne Emerson (R-Mo.), who received an 88 percent voting record from the American Conservative Union in 2005 but has so far sided with Democrats..."

Tom Davis voted his conscience, and it's all RED. He told Va voters he was "his own man." Yet he voted with Bush all but a single vote in the first 100 hours.

Of course, the more money the new Republican "Hammer" can withhold from national Congressional races, the more he can contribute to his wife's local campaign. Be sure to volunteer and contribute to her opponent, Chap Petersen.


Davis wife stays on contractor payroll (Andrea Chamblee - 1/14/2007 3:45:04 PM)
John Doolittle, sees the light:
Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.) said yesterday that he will no longer employ his wife as his campaign fundraiser, an arrangement that allowed her to collect a 15 percent cut of donations to his campaign and political action committees -- more than $100,000 since 2003.

Meanwhile, Tom's second wife makes sure ICG clients know she sells access to her second husband (cached page here in case she ever takes down the current page). She gets paid handsomely from ICG, from Tom's PAC, and from Tom's other "employer" the RNCC.

Doolittle (Kathy Gerber - 1/14/2007 7:44:23 PM)
Here's an article on him - http://www.thepresst...

There are way way too many profiteers in the mix ; it's depressing.

A truly disgusting Congressman (Glant - 1/14/2007 8:55:03 PM)
I had the nauseating experience of meeting Mr. Doolittle up close last year.  A group I work with had been shafted by Bush and the Administration when the 2007 budget was proposed.  With no prior notice, the Administration cut out a program that had wide support from both industry and consumer groups.

The matter was brought up before a subcommittee that Doolittle sat on.  The industry group met earlier with Rep. Henry Bonilla, then Chair of the subcommittee (Bonilla lost a runoff in December).  Bonilla, in a joint effort with the Dems on the Committee, overruled Bush and reinstated funding ($6 million, a trifle in the Federal Budget).

3 months later, Doolittle meets with the industry group.  He claims, falsley, that he was responsible for the subcommittee action.  He is practically begging for donations.  However, at a fundraiser held in his honor a few weeks later, the industry only donates $1500, far less than the $10,000 he expected.  I did not attend the fundraiser and sent what I could to Doolittle's opponent.

By the way, with the change in control and the failure of the Republicans to pass a budget before they turned over control, the issue is back up in the air.

Don't know if this is relevant (Kathy Gerber - 1/14/2007 11:40:22 PM)
But Davis' contributions through Federal Victory Fund total $115,000 for 2006 according to

Both Doolittle and Bonilla received $5,000; so did Virginians Goode, Wolf and Allen.  Drake received $10,000.

Who voted against lobbying reform? (Rebecca - 1/14/2007 5:52:10 PM)
I read that only 1 Represenative voted against loggying reform. Was that Davis?

Dumb strategy (Kindler - 1/14/2007 7:40:11 PM)
If Davis withholds money from moderate Republicans, that will just make it easier for Democrats to win their (often marginal) seats. 

Go ahead, Tom -- make our day!

More from WaPo - Davis vote results (Andrea Chamblee - 1/14/2007 10:58:40 PM)
Eighty-two Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic front to vote to increase the minimum wage, while 54 Republicans voted against their [Republican] leadership's counteroffer.

Not Davis. He joined a minority of 116 hard-core Republicans voting the Republican Party line.

The homeland security bill -- designed to implement most of the remaining recommendations of the commission that examined the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- even garnered the vote of Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee last year, thwarted one of its central provisions, the screening of all shipping containers heading to U.S. ports.

Not Davis. He joined a minority of 128 hard-core Republicans voting the Republican Party line.

Funny, the story doesn't mention "moderate" Tom Davis's voting record.

Catch 22 - Davis Style (Glant - 1/16/2007 2:04:43 AM)
Hasn't Davis always portrayed himself as a moderate to 11th district voters?  If he is going to withhold NRCC money from independent moderate Republican Representatives, he either has to deny himself NRCC funds or explain to the 11th district why his description of himself during the Fairfax debates was a lie.

He never did this before (Andrea Chamblee - 1/17/2007 10:44:06 PM)
And until 2006 he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to the biggest neo-wack jobs in Congress.  It was only when he had to buy ads against Andy Hurst that he spent his $3million this cycle on himself.

Davis Role With NRCC (Lee Diamond - 1/15/2007 2:47:29 AM)
I had not heard of this Executive Committee Davis is going to chair, but it sounds interesting.  I think it should be helpful going after him because it underscores the point we've been trying to get through to people about his posturing.  All his moderates votes are relatively meaningless stacked up against all the money he has Raised to keep Republicans in office.  We need to explain to 11th district voters that Tom Davis is not really on their side.

It should be noted that he is not heading the NRCC, but their Exec Committee.  Tom Cole is in charge of NRCC for this cycle.