Even though Senators Reid and Lieberman don’t seem to agree on some big issues (like defense), it turns out that the two of them share a “cordial” and “warm friendship.” They get along so well, in fact, that Senator Lieberman tops the list as Reid’s highest donating senator.
From The Hill:
Democratic senators are donating generously to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid but his biggest contributor is the one who often gives him a serious case of heartburn – Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.).
An examination of incumbent senators’ donations to Reid (D-Nev.) found Lieberman led the way with $14,000, coming from his two PACs.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was the runner-up, chipping in $12,300. Twenty-two others gave $10,000 each, usually split into two $5,000 donations.
Not only has the now “Independent” Lieberman donated to Reid’s campaign, but holding true to his Democrat roots, he hasn’t donated to any Republicans at all (including John McCain):
Lieberman has given $30,000 overall during this election cycle, all to Democrats. The Democrat-turned-Independent has been especially generous to those facing — or who faced — uphill re-election battles, such as Sens. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Chris Dodd (Conn.) and Arlen Specter (Pa.). Lincoln is trailing in her race by double-digits, while Specter lost his May primary bid and Dodd announced his retirement this spring after polls showed him trailing in Connecticut. (emphasis mine)
The image may be that Lieberman is a “persona non grata” with the Democrat party, but don’t let that “I” after his name fool you. He still caucuses with the Dems and supports them with his donations. And, those Democrats receiving contributions from Lieberman don’t seem to have any issues accepting his money.