Two weeks ago, the DNC was caught lying about giving $10M in grants to state parties.
Two days after their CEO “abruptly quit,” and 24 hours after disclosing to the FEC they’re on the verge of insolvency – it’s now being reported that the DNC lied about their “$1 million” investment in Alabama, too…
The DNC invested nearly $1 million in organizing and turning out African-American and millennial voters in Alabama — and it paid off. https://t.co/6KQYsil8EK— Democratic Party (@DNC) December 13, 2017
DNC exaggerated how much it spent to defeat Roy Moore
February 1, 2018
In the immediate aftermath of Doug Jones’ shock victory in the Alabama Senate race, the Democratic National Committee tried to take no small amount of credit. Indeed, it took $1 million worth of credit.
The truth is more complicated.
After Jones defeated Republican and accused pedophile Roy Moore, the DNC said it had quietly spent $1 million constructing a voter-outreach effort for the Democrat, including an extensive campaign of text messages, phone calls, and door-knockers.
Now, faced with documentation that questions the claim, DNC officials say the committee spent only $250,000 of its own money on the race, cash that funded more than two dozen staffers on the ground in the state who, among other things, conducted extensive outreach to African-American voters.
The rest – nearly three-quarters of the total funds originally claimed – was not a direct injection of DNC money but instead cash the DNC raised on behalf of Jones through email solicitations.
Counting that kind of assistance as funds spent is unusual, according to Democrats familiar with campaign fundraising; political groups typically make clear distinctions between the money they raise for a candidate and the money they spend backing a candidate.
“Disingenuous would not be too strong a word for it,” said one Democratic strategist, echoing the sentiment of many operatives who have worked on dozens of campaigns. That strategist said the revelation would prompt "another round of eye-rolling about the DNC."
The revelation comes at a difficult time for the DNC, which has struggled to raise money over the last year despite a spike in fundraising for many other liberal and progressive groups. The DNC had $6.5 million on hand to start the year after raising $67 million in 2017. (The Republican National Committee, in contrast, raised almost $133 million last year and had nearly $39 million on hand.)
The DNC’s CEO, Jess O’Connell, also unexpectedly stepped down this week, raising questions about senior leadership at a committee that fired its finance director in November.
In an email to reporters after Jones’ victory, the DNC said it “invested nearly $1 million in the Doug Jones for Senate campaign in organizing efforts, millennial and African-American engagement, mobilization and voter contact.”
The DNC has struggled to find its footing since Tom Perez became chairman in February 2017 after years of neglect and mismanagement during President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House.
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