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even w/ Obama help, RNC more than doubles DNC

Michael Ahrens - October 22, 2017

As the RNC keeps pumping millions into our data operation and permanent field program, the DNC just filed another terrible FEC report. 

Obama’s September fundraiser only “brought in $2.5 million, a total that was less than officials had hoped for.” (For what it’s worth, the RNC’s September consisted of three major fundraiser cancellations in Texas, one with POTUS and two with VPOTUS.)            

  • Politico: DNC enters 2018 in cash panic. “[O]n-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively in next year’s midterms and in the run-up to 2020. … Party officials involved in fundraising say donors repeatedly turn them away with a "try again next year," especially since it became clear there won't be an official party autopsy from 2016.”

The RNC’s massive cash advantage has major implications on the ground in states like Virginia, and the DNC is nowhere close to closing the data divide.

  • “With three weeks left until Election Day, [the RNC] has spent $3 million in Virginia to aid Republican Ed Gillespie and helped fund 85 field staffers, along with the state party and Republican Governors Association. That’s a larger in-state presence than Republicans had there in 2016. Republicans have made 1.5 million door knocks and 680,000 calls and amassed 1,700 volunteers.” (McClatchy, 10/18/17)

Some quick stats to keep in mind…

  • The RNC has raised more than $100M – the first time we have raised that much, that fast, in a non-presidential year. (McClatchy, 10/18/17)
     
  • Nearly 60% of what the RNC raised in direct contributions came from small donations (under $200.) (McClatchy, 10/18/17)
     
  • The RNC is raising more from small-dollar donors than from high-dollar donors, for the first time in recent memory. (The Hill, 10/21)
     
  • GOP party committees have nearly twice the cash as their Dem counterparts. (The Hill, 10/21)

 Democrats say their candidates are outpacing ours in fundraising, but if you run the numbers…

FLASHBACK VIDEO 1: Four months ago, DNC Chair Tom Perez’s excuse for his weak fundraising: “Well, I got there on March 1st.”

FLASHBACK VIDEO 2: Two months ago, DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison promised the DNC would have “some really good reports to share in the weeks to come…our team is in place now.”


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