Chuck Schumer Behind $15 Million Spend To Prop Up Democrats

( Democrats are terrified that they are going to lose control of the House and the Senate following November’s midterm elections.

And now, apparently the liberal leader in the upper chamber is donating money to try to convince voters to let them stay in power.

The New York Times reported this week that a liberal who has close knowledge of the situation said that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer intends to transfer as much as $15 million from his own campaign account to the effort being undertaken by the Democratic Senate campaign to support the key candidates in the party in the upcoming election.

This move signals two things — first, that Schumer is apparently confident he’ll be re-elected, and second, that he’s worried that some of his colleagues are going to lose.

In a statement released recently, Schumer said:

“Keeping and growing the Democratic majority in the Senate is my top priority.”

The Democratic who The Times cited for their story requested anonymity to be quoted in the piece. The source did say that Schumer’s plans would be to give $5 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee directly for their operations.

In addition, another $1 million each will be provided to Democrats who Schumer sees as critical to the liberal party’s chances of actually retaining the majority in the Senate. Four of these candidates are incumbents seeking re-election, while five are challengers to Republican members of the Senate.

The incumbents receiving $1 million each are Senators Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire, Catherine Cortez Masto from Nevada, Mark Kelly from Arizona and Raphael Warnock from Georgia.

The challengers receiving $1 million each are Val Demings from Florida, Tim Ryan from Ohio, Cheri Beasley from North Carolina, John Fetterman from Pennsylvania and Mandela Barnes from Wisconsin. Demings and Ryan are current members of the House of Representatives.

In addition, Schumer plans to send $500,00 apiece to Senators Patty Murray from Washington and Michael Bennet from Colorado to help them fight off their Republican challengers.

Democrats are going on the offensive in media blitzes, hoping to use big issues such as abortion to convince voters that they need to retain control of the Senate. This extra media push began not long after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision earlier in the summer.

Democrats are apparently also hoping to take advantage of the fact that the Republican Senate campaign group has faced challenges with money. Individual Democratic candidates have also been able to outraise their Republican counterparts, due in large part to the extra effort they’ve put in over the last few months.

Schumer reported that, as of the end of June, he had almost $38 million in cash on hand to use for his own bid for re-election in New York. That’s a large sum of money that gives him extra funds to be able to disperse to other Democratic candidates.

It’s a big effort from the leader of the liberal party in the Senate to try to hold onto his majority position.