“John Dingell, at age 83 … is setting out for a new term in Congress,” and he is struggling with fundraising. “Some of it may have to do with the economy, but Anthony Corrado, a
campaign finance expert with the Washington-based Brookings Institution
and a professor at Colby College in Maine, said it also reflects the loss of stature that goes with
being chairman of a committee with jurisdiction over a range of issues
including health care, food safety and energy policy. ‘As chair of that committee, it’s very easy to attract money,’ he said.”