John Kerry Steps Up Fundraising for 2008
Kerry fortifies war chest, keeps momentum for 2008 (Boston Herald)
It was an intimate political gathering: Sen. John F. Kerry playing host to about 100 of his richest friends. Kerry huddled with his top fund-raisers Monday night in his Georgetown mansion, preparing a massive money push aimed at keeping the defeated presidential nominee’s ambitions alive. “He wants to keep his team together,” said one member of Kerry’s national finance team. “He’s looking ahead. He will be a strong voice in the party.”
Strategists say Kerry will use his new political action committee, Keeping America’s Promise, to promote his agenda, help party causes and keep his army of 2.7 million supporters together. “It’s something that has never been done before – in terms of a nominee coming back,” said a Kerry source. “We’re trying to stay relevant.”
Unlike most defeated nominees, Kerry has barely broken stride since the November election. He’s been busy pushing legislation on kid’s health care, traveling overseas, raising money and expanding his political network. Kerry’s PAC will raise money for other candidates, parties and issues – helping Kerry build political chits.
Stay relevant? Honestly, I can’t imagine the Democrats will give Kerry another shot. The nomination is Hillary Clinton’s for the asking. And she will almost certainly ask.