LivPAC goes 36-16-1 in congressional elections

The Committee for a Livable Future, headed by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) boasted an impressive win-loss record in races that the Portland congressman steered money toward, and in some cases, helped campaign for.

LivPAC donated money to 36 federal candidates that won election or re-election in 2008. Sixteen of LivPAC’s candidates lost, and one, Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio), has yet to be decided.

Of the 36 members that Blumenauer helped get to Washington, D.C. in January, 19 were incumbents (two incumbents that Blumenauer supported lost), nine were challenging sitting congressman (10 challengers that Blumenauer supported lost), and eight were in open seats (three open-seat candidates that Blumenauer supported lost).

According to LivPAC, they had more candidates win than lose in the west (6-2-1), southwest (6-3), Midwest (11-5-1), southeast (4-2), and northeast (9-3).

Blumenauer’s campaign manager Willie Smith told PolitickerOR.com that LivPAC was especially excited about the success of candidates in the Midwest, where Blumenauer personally campaigned for several winning candidates including Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Mark Schauer (D-Mich.).

LivPAC, which was founded by Blumenauer in 1996, seeks out Democratic congressional candidates and congressional members that support policies in order to create a more progressive congress.

In the 2008 election, of the 22 newly-elected members of House, Blumenauer supported 13 of them. Of the six new members of the Senate, Blumenauer supported three of them.

List of candidates that LivPAC donated to and/or campaigned for

Winners:
Betsey Markey (D-Colo.)
Suzanne Kosmas (D-Florida)
Walt Minnick (D-Idaho)
Mark Schauer (D-Michigan)
Gary Peters (D-Michigan)
Eric Massa (D-N.Y.)
Larry Kissell (D-N.C.)
Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio)
Jeff Merkley (D-Portland)
Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.)
Mark Udall (D-Colo.)
Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.)
Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.)
Jim Marshall (D-Georgia)
Bill Foster (D-Ill.)
Baron Hill (D-Indiana)
Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana)
John Yarmouth (D-Kentucky)
Tim Waltz (D-Minn.)
Carol Shea Porter (D-N.H.)
Paul Hodes (D-N.H.)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Michael Arcuri (D-N.Y.)
Zack Space (D-Ohio)
John Adler (D-N.J.)
Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
John Boccieri (D-Ohio)
Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.)
Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
Chris Carney (D-Penn.)
Paul Kanjorski (D-Penn.)
Jason Altmire (D-Penn.)
Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas)
Steve Kagen (D-Wisconsin)
Kurt Schrader (D-Canby)

Losers
Bob Lord (D-Ariz)
El Tinklenberg (D-Minn.)
Dennis Shulman (D-N.J.)
Vic Wulsin (D-Ohio)
Anne Barth (D-W.V.)
Linda Stender (D-N.J.)
Nancy Boyda (D-Kansas)
Darcy Burner (D-Wash.)
Tom Allen (D-Maine)
Kay Barnes (D-Mo.)
Daniel Johnson (D-N.C.)
Michael Skelly (D-Texas)
Ashwin Madia (D-Minn.)
Gary Trauner (D-Wyo.)
Nick Lampson (D-Texas)
Charlie Brown (D-Calif.)

Undecided
Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio)

LivPAC goes 36-16-1 in congressional elections