Kerry gives DSCC $1 million

Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryDemocratic debates are magnet for lobbyists The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Bring on the brokered convention MORE (D-Mass.) has made a $1 million contribution from his campaign to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), he told supporters in an e-mail Tuesday. 

Kerry said the current financial crisis shows how important it is for Democrats to get to 60 seats.

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“It's time to push even harder to completely change Washington,” Kerry wrote in an e-mail. “So I have an announcement: I just gave a million dollars from my campaign to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to try to make this happen.”

Kerry is up for reelection himself this year, but faces a lower-tier challenge from security consultant Jeff Beatty (R).

Thanks to the millions he had left over from his failed 2004 presidential campaign, Kerry had $7.5 million on hand as of late August. Beatty had just $50,000.

Kerry easily won a primary challenge this month with 69 percent of the vote, defeating first-time candidate Ed O’Reilly, who took 31 percent.

The contribution is a big one for a committee that raises several million dollars per month. The DSCC has gone up early with ads this cycle and saw its huge cash advantage decline to less than $10 million at the end of August.