Inside the Beltway

Mr. Grayson “grew up in the tenements of the Bronx” and “cleaned toilets and worked as a night watchman” to put himself through Harvard (and later Harvard Law School), graduating in the top 2 percent of his class, his congressional bio states.

After first practicing law, he launched and became president of the IDT Corp., a telecom/Internet company that grew into a $2 billion-a-year business. He and his wife later moved to Orlando, where they are no doubt also busy raising five children , all younger than 15: Skye, Star, Sage, Storm and Stone, the latter pair twins born in 2005.

GO FIGURE

If the political party with the most money in its campaign war chest had dominated in November’s elections, then Republicans would be in control of Congress and John McCain would be sitting in the Oval Office.

Nationally, according to the Federal Election Commission, the Republican Party raised $30 million more than Democrats during the 2007-2008 election cycle - $793 million and $762 million, respectively. But the amount raised by Democrats was a 58 percent increase over the 2006 cycle, while Republican receipts grew 32 percent.

The Republican National Committee spent far more in independent expenditures than the Democratic National Committee in opposing the other party’s presidential candidate. The DNC spent just more than $1 million opposing Mr. McCain, whereas the RNC spent almost $54 million opposing Democrat Barack Obama.

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@ washingtontimes.com.

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