Dems are scared of what they created - socialism. Somewhere out there, the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lurks. So wary House Democrats are amassing campaign war chests to scare off progressive upstarts from challenging them in primaries — or trounce them if they try. A look at 41 incumbent House Democrats who face potential 2020 party primary opponents shows 16 have already stockpiled over $1 million in campaign funds. The figures from Federal Election Commission reports for the first six months of this year show that 20 raised over $500,000 during that period alone.
That's not stopping challengers from targeting powerful committee chairmen and other well-financed incumbents, though the hurdles they face are clear. So far only four Democratic challengers in these races have at least $100,000 socked away. The most is $352,000 by business consultant Marie Newman, who's waging a primary rematch against Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of Congress' most conservative Democrats. He has double her cash on hand, though she's out-raised him so far this year.
"If you don't have the money to fight an air war, you fight a ground war," Monica Klein, a New York consultant who works with progressive Democrats, said of challengers who often lack money for TV commercials. "You try to out-organize your opponent and have those conversations at the doors, on the phone, face to face." A liberal report that shows a negative standing for Dems.