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Memo to members of Congress: Bi-partisanship may be hazardous to your fund raising.
Just ask Louisiana Republican Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao, the sole Republican supporter of Democratic-sponsored health care reform in the House. He is running out of campaign cash after his fund raising dropped 40 percent following his decision to support the health care bill.
Cao, who defeated scandal-tinged Democrat William Jefferson in 2008, is in political trouble anyway and his support of Barack Obama‘s key legislative initiative isn’t helping him with the conservative campaign donors he needs to raise money for re-election.
But his district in New Orleans is heavily Democratic and he won the seat only after Jefferson got caught with $90,000 in bribe money in his freezer.
Since voting for the health care bill in the House last November, Cao’s fund raising has dropped from $400,000 a quarter to less than $250,000. An expensive attempt to raise money nationally fizzed and cost more than it made.