Florida’s Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee Chair, may not be in her representative position much longer. Her challenger beat her new fundraising numbers by $400,000 in the quarter between April 1 and June 30. That doesn’t look good for Wasserman Schultz, and things could get worse fast.
Surprisingly, Canova’s campaign contributions in the second quarter were more than three times what they were in the first quarter, when he only raised about $559,000.
According to a law professor at Nova Southeastern University, Canova’s skyrocketing fundraising is likely a direct result of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The former presidential candidate endorsed Canova in May and criticized Wasserman Schultz repeatedly over her DNC work. In a surprise move, one of Sanders’ negotiating points with Hillary Clinton called for Wasserman Schultz to step down.
Sanders’ claims against the six-term Florida congresswoman include blatant favoritism toward Hillary Clinton. At the same time, she attempted a sabotage of payday lending reform and displayed bias toward the party establishment.
The Intercept wrote about Wasserman Schultz:
‘In general, Wasserman Schultz is the living, breathing embodiment of everything rotted and corrupt about the Democratic Party:’
‘a corporatist who overwhelmingly relies on corporate money to keep her job, a hawk who supports the most bellicose aspects of U.S. foreign policy…’
‘And laws,which if enacted, would have allowed extreme government and corporate control over the internet.’
Canova is against TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and big money in politics. He is for Medicare-for-All healthcare and dealing with climate change, as well as protecting and expanding Social Security. Canova said about his plans:
‘We insist that healthcare for all is a right and not a privilege, and that the richest country on earth can afford to provide healthcare and a decent retirement for all its citizens…We reject proposals that would privatize these most successful programs.’
The Intercept asked this important question about Wasserman Schultz:
‘Why is she fighting against Elizabeth Warren and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, who are attempting to protect our neighbors from the worst abuses by payday lenders?’
In response, Canova accused Wasserman Schultz of taking millions from “the same corporate interests that profit from payday loans”:
‘She recently reversed President Obama’s long-standing ban on corporate lobbyist donations to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), opening the door to influence peddling by the payday loan industry.’
Even though Canova’s fundraising surged, he ended May with $986,344 cash on hand. Wasserman Shultz had $1.6 million on hand. Hopefully he will play it smart with his funding going forward.
Check out the video of a Canova interview below: