That sound you heard was many thousands of dollars being taken in by the President and the DNC.
For the past 22 years, some state Democrats complain, the national party has used Texas like an ATM. The national party’s constant suck of money out of the state without reinvesting in Texas has given Republicans an advantage in state elections, they say.
“If they’d invest this money in Texas, we’d be a blue (Democratic) state,” said long-time party consultant Glenn Smith. “They (national party leaders) come down here and drag the sack and spend the money on themselves.”
During the 2008 election cycle, the Democratic National Committee raised $6.5 million from Texas donors and left $204,000 behind with the state party, according to data kept by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Ohio Democratic Party got $8.5 million; Pennsylvania, $6.5 million; and Michigan, $4.9 million, to name a few of the states that received more money than Texas from the DNC in 2008. Even neighboring New Mexico received $2.1 million.