President Obama may be the Democrats’ biggest liability this election cycle — but he also remains the party’s best fundraising asset.
Democratic congressional candidates have spent the final months of the campaign running away from Obama, his faltering foreign policy record and his low poll numbers, even as they benefit from millions of dollars he has raked in for them through national party committees during the cycle.
So far this year, the president has held 64 major fundraisers — all but one for national Democratic Party committees this year, according to Brendan Doherty, a professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy and author of the book The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign.
“Even unpopular presidents are the most effective fundraisers for their party,” Doherty told the Washington Examiner.