Reps. Shimkus and DeGette
February 26, 1997
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A question from Ed Scarbrough of Dallas, TX:
Do the fundraising "scandals" of the DNC reflect moral turpitude, or the fact that the RNC has most of the big contributors locked up and must work that much harder to raise the obscene amounts of money necessary for modern campaigns?
Secondly, how much of your time (%) do you spend worrying about raising money?
Rep. John Shimkus responds:
It is my belief that every elected official works hard to raise the money necessary for modern campaigns. I do not think I could estimate an exact percentage of time I spend "worrying" about raising money, but I know that it is more than I care to estimate, as I would much prefer meeting with constituents from my district in Illinois, spending time on Capitol Hill and trying to iron out important matters like Congressional Term Limits and the Balanced Budget Amendment.
Rep. Diana DeGette responds:
As is often said, money is a necessary evil of modern political campaigns. I have not met a politician who relishes the task of raising and maintaining a campaign war chest. I try not to worry about how the necessary funds will be raised to wage a successful political campaign, and to focus instead on issues of public policy.
As a person who has sought election every two years, both on the state and federal levels, there is little time to spare worrying. I find that I have spent very little time thinking about fundraising, and the bulk of my time organizing my district and Washington offices and studying legislation.