By Josephine Hearn - 05/11/06 12:00 AM EDT
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) is tracking how helpful Democratic presidential hopefuls are to candidates endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), he told his colleagues at a recent political dinner.
The effort is similar to a system he has set up to track how much his fellow House Democrats help the party committee, both financially and in such non-quantifiable items as mentoring and travel.
Topping the list now is Sen. John KerryJohn KerryDozens of Clinton meetings left off State schedule: report Overnight Cybersecurity: Sit-in disrupts cyber hearings | Trump tries to defend claim Clinton was hacked Kerry backs government access to encrypted data MORE (D-Mass.), who donated $500,000 to the DCCC and has helped in numerous individual campaigns. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) described Kerry’s efforts as “phenomenal.”
Other standouts include retired Gen. Wesley Clark and former Vice President Al GoreAl GoreMain Street to Washington: A train ride through division Clinton’s third-term dilemma Third-party candidates aim for Sanders loyalists MORE. Clark held fundraisers with Kentucky Democratic candidate Mike Weaver and California Democrat Steve Filson. He also sent out an e-mail singing the praises of candidate Eric Massa. Gore raised over $200,000 for the DCCC, which Emanuel chairs.