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The Winter Meeting Of Their Discontent: The DNC Rules Meeting

- January 19, 2018

With A Party Divided, Poor Fundraising, And A Lack Of Organization, The DNC Enters Their Winter Meeting And 2018 In A State Of Disarray


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • During the 2016 presidential primary, the Democratic Party suffered a great divide among supporters of progressive Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and centrist candidate Hillary Clinton after many Sanders supporters felt the DNC rigged primaries in Clinton's favor.
  • The bad feelings from the 2016 primary carried over into the race for DNC Chair, as the race between Tom Perez and Keith Ellison become a "symbol" that epitomized the gap between liberal and moderate wings of the Party.
  • The divide among the establishment and the progressive wings of the Democratic Party has led to disarray and fracture throughout 2017, with reports of DNC Chair Perez and Deputy Chair Ellison engaging in "explosive fights."
  • Unsuccessful attempts to unify the party through a "unity tour" featuring DNC Chairman Tom Perez and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and futile efforts to bring everyone together at the DNC's fall meeting have only exacerbated the split.
  • Since Perez became Chairman, the DNC has lagged far behind the RNC in fundraising, with the DNC being outraised by the RNC six times over, a development that has left all sides of the party disappointed and disgruntled.
  • Despite the DNC's fundraising woes, Senator Bernie Sanders still refuses to hand over his lucrative email fundraising list to party officials.

 


DESPITE MULTIPLE EFFORTS TO UNITE THE PARTY, THE DNC FINDS ITSELF BADLY DIVIDED AND BROKE GOING INTO 2018

The DNC Helped Hillary Clinton Secure The 2016 Presidential Nomination

In Her New Book, "Hacks: The Inside Story Of The Break-Ins And Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump In The White House," Former DNC Chair, Donna Brazile, Stated That She Found "Proof" Hillary Clinton's Campaign Had "Fixed The Nomination." "In an excerpt from 'Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House' that was provided to Politico, Brazile explains how she was tasked with investigating the DNC after hacked emails suggested the Clinton campaign fixed the nomination.'" (Mallory Shelbourne, "Brazile: 'Proof' That Clinton Rigged Nomination Process 'Broke My Heart,'" The Hill , 11/2/17)

Following President Obama's Reelection Campaign, The DNC Was In "Significant Debt" And, According To Brazile, Her Predecessor, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Was Not A Very Active Fundraiser. "So I followed the money. My predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had not been the most active chair in fundraising at a time when President Barack Obama's neglect had left the party in significant debt." (Donna Brazile, "Inside Hillary Clinton's Secret Takeover of the DNC," Politico , 11/2/17)

Brazile Stated That The DNC Became Dependent On Hillary Clinton's Campaign For Survival After They "Resolved The Party's Debt" And In Return, Clinton's Campaign Put The DNC On A "Starvation Diet" And Expected To "Wield Control Of Its Operations." " As Hillary's campaign gained momentum, she resolved the party's debt and put it on a starvation diet. It had become dependent on her campaign for survival, for which she expected to wield control of its operations." (Donna Brazile, "Inside Hillary Clinton's Secret Takeover of the DNC," Politico , 11/2/17)

Brazile Called The Funding Agreement Between The DNC And The Clinton Campaign "Unethical" And That It "Compromised The Party's Integrity." "The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical. If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead. This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party's integrity." (Donna Brazile, "Inside Hillary Clinton's Secret Takeover of the DNC," Politico , 11/2/17)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Stated That She Agrees That The Democratic Primary In 2016 Was Rigged And Now Democrats Need To "Hold This [DNC] Accountable." CNN's JAKE TAPPER: "I want to ask you one other question, Senator, we learned today from former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazil that the Clinton Campaign in her view did rig the presidential nominating process by entering into an agreement to control day-to-day operations at the DNC. The Clinton campaign controlling the party's staffing, strategy, finances, communications, and that agreement was entered into in august of 2015, a year before she defeated Senator Bernie Sanders. This must shock you." SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): "This is a real problem, but what we've got to do is Democrats now, we've got to hold this party accountable. When Tom was first -- Tom Perez was first elected chair of the DNC, the very first conversation I had with him is to say, you have got to put together a Democratic party in which everybody can have confidence that the party is working for Democrats, rather than democrats are working for the party. And he's being tested now. This is a test for Tom Perez. And either he's going to succeed by bringing Bernie Sanders and Bernie Sanders' representatives into this process and they're going to say it's fair, it works, we all believe it, or he's going to fail. And I very much hope he succeeds. I hope for democrats everywhere, I hope for Bernie and for all of Bernie supporters he's going to succeed." CNN's JAKE TAPPER: "Very quickly, Senator, do you agree with the notion that it was rigged?" SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): "Yes." (CNN, " The Lead With Jake Tapper," 11/2/17)

Now, More Than A Year After The 2016 Presidential Election, Relationships Among Different Factions Of The Democratic Party Remain Frosty As Winter

The Race For DNC Chair Became A "Symbol Of Divisions That Opened During The 2016 Presidential Primary." " The threshold for victory in the second round was 218 votes, out of 435 voters. Perez gained 235 to 200 for Ellison. After announcing the result, Brazile presented the gavel to Perez. He presented a motion to name Ellison as deputy chair, which passed unopposed. Both men used their remarks after the vote to appeal for party unity, the race for DNC chair having become a symbol of divisions that opened during the 2016 presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders." (Lauren Gambino, "Tom Perez Is New Democratic Party Chair, Beating Keith Ellison In Tight Vote," The Guardian , 2/25/17)

The Candidates For DNC Chairman Were Former Secretary Of Labor Tom Perez And Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). "Perez, 55, represents the Obama camp - he was secretary of labor from 2013 until last month and was considered the most liberal member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet. Before joining the Labor Department, he was head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Ellison, 53, represents Minnesota's 5th District, which includes Minneapolis and some of its suburbs. In 2007, he became the first Muslim elected to Congress." (Laurel Wamsley, "Who's Who In The Race For DNC Chair - And Their Plans To Make Democrats Win Again," NPR , 2/21/17)

  • Perez And Ellison Came From Two Different Wings Of The Party. "Perez, who served in the Obama administration and was considered as running mate for Clinton, was viewed with suspicion by progressives who believe he represents the so-called establishment. Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, is a longtime activist for grassroots causes." (Lauren Gambino, "Tom Perez Is New Democratic Party Chair, Beating Keith Ellison In Tight Vote," The Guardian , 2/25/17)

Tom Perez Won The Election For The Chairmanship In February 2017. "The former labor secretary Tom Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday, after a fiercely fought campaign." (Lauren Gambino, "Tom Perez Is New Democratic Party Chair, Beating Keith Ellison In Tight Vote," The Guardian , 2/25/17)

  • Progressive Ellison Supporters Called Perez's Victory A "Missed Opportunity." " 'This incredibly disappointing result is another missed opportunity for a Democratic party desperately trying to regain relevance,' said Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America, which endorsed Ellison. '[It] proves, once again, how out of touch party insiders are with the grassroots movement currently in the streets, on the phone, and at town halls nationwide. The resistance will persist in showing progressive leaders how to unrelentingly take on Trump, with or without the leadership of the Democratic National Committee.'" (Lauren Gambino, "Tom Perez Is New Democratic Party Chair, Beating Keith Ellison In Tight Vote," The Guardian , 2/25/17)

Now, One Year After The Race For DNC Chair, Chairman Perez And Deputy Chair Rep. Ellison Have A "Chilly" Relationship, With "Periodic Explosive Fights." "The relationship between Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the former rival whom Perez named deputy chair in an attempt to ease tribal infighting, remains chilly, with periodic explosive fights over party strategy and appointments." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "DNC Overhaul Struggles As Sanders-Clinton Rivalries Persist," Politico , 1/16/18)

The Party Is Still "Saddled By Factionalism" Between Sanders And Clinton Supporters. "The committee is trying to forge ahead even as it remains saddled by factionalism. The war between Sanders and Clinton has morphed into a battle between people who believe the Vermont senator needs to actively participate in an institution that's changing to accommodate his demands - and those who believe the DNC should just be grateful Sanders and his allies are helping it change." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "DNC Overhaul Struggles As Sanders-Clinton Rivalries Persist," Politico , 1/16/18)

Current DNC Chair, Tom Perez, Dodged When Asked About Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile's Allegations That The 2016 Democratic Primary Was Rigged Stating "We're Moving Forward." CNBC's DOMINIC CHU: "We're definitely reading it now. I can't let you go, Tom, without asking if you've read Donna Brazile's piece about the DNC that's in Politico today any comment at all." DNC CHAIR TOM PEREZ: "Hey, we're moving forward we're building. I've been asked that question a number of times since I started. One of my goals here as DNC chair is to make sure that the nominating process for 2020 is a process that's totally fair and transparent for everybody. That's what we're fighting for and that's what we will do we're going to set the primary debate schedule well in advance of when we know who the candidates will be there we have to make sure that everything is fair and open and everybody has a fair shake that's what we're going to do." (CNBC, "Squawk Alley" 11/2/17)

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The DNC Wants Sen. Bernie Sanders' Extensive Email List, But He Refused To Share It With The Organization He Is Demanding Be Reshaped. "The dispute largely revolves around Sanders' massive email list: The DNC wants it, but Sanders has no intention of handing it over. The Sanders line is clear: No way will he be providing his list or any other information to the DNC, as Perez has asked, or pitch in otherwise to an organization that he is demanding be reshaped." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "DNC Overhaul Struggles As Sanders-Clinton Rivalries Persist," Politico , 1/16/18)

The Director Of Senator Sanders' Outside Political Group, Our Revolution, Has Openly Attacked The DNC-Tearing Open 2016 Battle Scars That Continue To Divide Democrats

Nina Turner, Director Of Senator Sanders' Group, Our Revolution, Has Described The DNC As "Dictatorial," "Superficial," And "Tone-Deaf." "'Dictatorial.' 'Arrogant.' 'Pompous.' 'Superficial.' 'Tone-deaf.' 'Tone-dead.' 'Out of line.' 'Insulting' - 'absolutely insulting.' These are the words that Nina Turner, president of the group founded by Bernie Sanders to further his 'political revolution,' used in an interview to describe the Democratic National Committee." (Ruby Cramer, "Every Democrat, Like Every American, Should Support A Woman's Right To Make Her Own Choices About Her Body And Her Health," Buzzfeed, 8/9/17)

Turner, A Member Of The Sanders Campaign, Said After Sanders' Primary Loss, The Democratic Party Might Not Be Worth Saving. "Turner, who made a splash in 2015 by jumping from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to Sanders's, has become a superstar among left-wing activists who think the Democrats have become so 'corporate' as to raise questions about whether they're worth saving." (David Weigel, "Nina Turner, A Democratic Party Critic, Takes Reins Of Sanders-Founded Group," The Washington Post , 6/29/17)

After Senator Sanders Lost The Democratic Primary, Turner Attacked DNC Staffers Who Were Critical Of Sanders And Speculated If "A Young, New, Burgeoning Party" Might Be A "Better Vessel For Progressive Energy." "After Sanders's Democratic primary bid ended, she speculated whether a 'young, new, burgeoning party' would be a better vessel for progressive energy. During the Democratic National Convention, after hackers released a trove of emails from the Democratic National Committee, Turner gave a rousing speech to the left-wing 'People's Convention' attacking staffers who had been revealed as critics of Sanders." (David Weigel, "Nina Turner, A Democratic Party Critic, Takes Reins Of Sanders-Founded Group," The Washington Post , 6/29/17)

In An Effort To Bridge Divides And Heal Wounds, DNC Chair Tom Perez And Senator Sanders Embarked On A Tour To Promote Party Unity-Which Did Not Go Well

CNN Headline: "Democrats' 'Unity Tour' Is Highlighting Their Many Divisions." (Gregory Krieg, "Democrats' 'Unity Tour' Is Highlighting Their Many Divisions," CNN , 04/21/17)

Upon His Election As DNC Chairman, Tom Perez Pledged To Unite And Repair The "Fractured [Democratic] Party." "Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from 'school board to the Senate' and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election." (Hope Yen and Bill Barrow, "Democrats' New Chairman Perez Pledges To Repair, Unite The Party," The Associated Press , 2/26/17)

In April 2017, Senator Sanders and Newly-Elected DNC Chairman Perez Announced They Would Embark On A "Cross-Country Outreach Tour" In An Effort To "Revitalize The Democratic Party." "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will join Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez in a cross-country outreach tour to states Democrats lost in 2016. The trip will begin in Maine in mid-April and will reach several states, including Kentucky, Florida, Nevada and Arizona, according to The Washington Post. 'This is part of our effort to revitalize the Democratic Party, to turn it into a grassroots party - to tell people that Donald Trump's agenda is not what he promised them,' Sanders told the Post." (Brandon Carter, "Sanders, Perez Plan Cross-Country Tour," The Hill, 4/7/17)

  • Perez Stated That The Goal Of The Tour Was To "Chip Away At The Trust And Credibility Gap That Currently Exists Between The DNC And Progressive Sanders Supporters." " Perez said the goal of the joint trip is to begin to chip away at the trust and credibility gap that currently exists between the DNC and progressive Sanders supporters. 'This is exactly why we're going to every corner of this country,' Perez said. 'To rural America, to urban America, to every corner in between. To talk and listen and learn.'" (Scott Detrow, "Sanders' Unity Tour With DNC Chair Exposes Rifts But Also Suggests Common Goals," NPR , 4/22/17)

However, While On The Road, Senator Sanders Could Not Hold Back From Critiquing The Democratic Party- Calling For It To "Better Represent" The Working Class, Rather Than Just The "Liberal Elite." "The alliance remains an uneasy one. After Tom Perez defeated the Sanders-backed Keith Ellison to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Perez extended an olive branch by heading out with Sanders on a so-called unity tour. Even while on the road, Sanders did not avoid critiquing the party and calling for it to better represent the working class rather than the liberal elite." (Jason Le Miere, If Bernie Sanders Wants To Win 2020 Election, He Needs To Control His Supporters, Democrats Say," Newsweek , 9/8/17)

At The Kick-Off Event For The Tour, The Audience Cheered For Sanders And Booed At The Mention Of The DNC. " The early returns have not been promising. At a kick-off event in Maine on Monday, the audience roared for Sanders and booed at the mention of the DNC." (Gregory Kreig, "Democrats' 'Unity Tour' Is Highlighting Their Many Divisions," CNN , 4/21/17)

During Day Two Of The DNC's "Unity Tour," Senator Sanders Stated That He "Does Not Consider Himself A Democrat." "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday night that he still does not consider himself a Democrat despite taking part in a Democratic National Committee (DNC) unity tour with the party's new chairman, Tom Perez. 'No, I'm an Independent,' Sanders said when asked by MSNBC's Chris Hayes whether he now identifies as a Democrat." (Ben Kamisar, "Sanders: I Don't Consider Myself A Democrat," The Hill , 4/18/17)

  • The Washington Post's Aaron Blake Pointed Out That On The "Come Together And Fight Back" Tour, "He [Sanders] Is Not Really Helping On That First Part." "Bernie Sanders has embarked on a 'Come Together and Fight Back' tour with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. But he's not really helping on that first part." (Aaron Blake, "Bernie Sanders's Strange Behavior," The Washington Post , 04/20/17)

PRESIDING OVER HIS FIRST PARTY-WIDE MEETING AS DNC CHAIR, PEREZ WAS UNABLE TO CREATE UNITY BETWEEN FACTIONS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

At The DNC's Fall Meeting, Perez's Ousting Of DNC Leaders Who Supported Sanders And Ellison Incited Anger Among The Party's Progressive Wing, And Exposed The Still-Raw Rift Between Party Leaders

In October, Amidst Party Infighting, DNC Chairman Tom Perez Hosted His First Party Wide Meeting. "The infighting comes at a sensitive time for the party, as Perez presides over his first party-wide meeting as chair after closely watched race against the candidate favored by progressives, Rep. Keith Ellison, who now serves as deputy chair in a still-divided party.'" (Ruby Cramer and Darren Sands, "Drama Unfolds Between Democrats Over Rumor About Ousting Three Black Women DNC Members," Buzzfeed , 10/19/17)

The Washington Post : The DNC "Kicked-Off Its Annual Meeting With A Now-Familiar Drama - A Public Spat Between The Party's Leadership And Its Frustrated Left-Wing Activists." "The Democratic National Committee kicked off its annual meeting with a now-familiar drama - a public spat between the party's leadership and its frustrated left-wing activists. The latest argument began after DNC Chairman Tom Perez nominated a new slate of members for little-known but influential party committees." (David Weigel and Ed O'Keefe, "DNC Reshuffle Has Some Worrying About A 'Purge,'" The Washington Post , 10/19/17)

DNC Chairman Perez's Decision To Oust "Several Key Longtime Officials" Ahead Of The DNC'S First Meeting In Las Vegas "Ignited Anger" Among The Party's Progressive Wing Who Saw The Move As "Retaliation." " A shake-up is underway at the Democratic National Committee as several key longtime officials have lost their posts, exposing a still-raw rift in the party and igniting anger among those in its progressive wing who see retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez. The ousters come ahead of the DNC's first meeting, in Las Vegas, Nevada, since Perez took over as chairman with a pledge this year to unite a party that had become badly divided during the brutal Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton 2016 primary race." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Shake-Up at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted," NBC News, 10/19/17)

Progressives Initially Pushed Out From Leadership Positions Included Ray Buckley, The New Hampshire Democratic Chairman Who Ran Against Perez In The Chairman's Race Before Eventually Backing Ellison. "Those who have been pushed out include: Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic chairman and longtime DNC official who ran against Perez for chair before backing Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Buckley lost his spots on the Executive Committee and DNC Rules Committee." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Shake-Up At Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted," NBC News , 10/19/17)

  • James Zogby, A "Prominent" Senator Sanders Supporter, Was Removed As Co-Chair Of The Resolutions Committee And From The Executive Committee Where He Had Served Since 2001. "James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders backer, is no longer co-chair of the Resolutions Committee and is off the Executive Committee, a spot he has held since 2001." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Shake-Up At Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted," NBC News , 10/19/17)
  • Barbra Casbar Siperstein, An Ellison Supporter, Was Also Removed From The Executive Committee. "Barbra Casbar Siperstein, who supported Ellison and Buckley, was tossed from the Executive Committee." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Shake-Up At Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted," NBC News , 10/19/17)
  • "Vocal Ellison Backer" And Longtime Party Secretary, Alice Germond, Was Also Removed From Her At-Large Appointment To The DNC. "Alice Germond, the party's longtime former secretary and a vocal Ellison backer, who was removed from her at-large appointment to the DNC." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Shake-Up At Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted," NBC News , 10/19/17)

The DNC Denied Allegations Of Retaliation, And Said The Changes Were An Attempt To "Diversify And Freshen The Party's Leadership" And That All Party Officers Were Extended The Opportunity To "Offer Their Input." " The DNC denied any retaliation, saying that the changes were an effort to diversify and freshen the party's leadership and that all the party's officers had a chance to offer input." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Shake-Up at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted," NBC News, 10/19/17)

Perez's Critics Argued That As A Result Of The Changes, There Is Now An "Over-Representation Of Clinton-Backed Members" On The Committee Responsible For Setting The Terms For Future Democratic Presidential Primaries. " The removal and demotion of a handful of veteran operatives stood out, as did what critics charge is the over-representation of Clinton-backed members on the Rules and Bylaws Committee, which helps set the terms for the party's presidential primary, though other Sanders and Ellison backers remain represented." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Shake-Up at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted," NBC News, 10/19/17)

  • Several Clinton Insiders Were Appointed As At-Large DNC Members, Including Former Clinton Campaign Staffers Ellie Perez, Craig Smith, Cristobal Alex, And President Clinton's Former Chief Of Staff Harold Ickes. "Several Clinton insiders received DNC positions as well. Former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff Harold Ickes and Hillary Clinton Advisor Tony Coelho received committee appointments. Former Ready For Hillary National Finance Co-Chair Francisco Domenech was nominated to an at-large position, despite his formal support last year for Republican Jenniffer Gonzalez's bid for Puerto Rico's Resident Commissioner. Hillary Clinton's Nevada and Colorado state director, Emmy Ruiz, was nominated for an at-large position. Clinton campaign staffers Ellie Perez, Craig Smith, and Cristobal Alex were also nominated." (Michael Sainato, "DNC Chair Tom Perez Gives Up On Unity, Rewards Loyalists," Observer , 10/19/17)
  • Additionally, Several Lobbyists Received DNC Appointments And Nominations, Outnumbering Those Given To Senator Sanders Supporters . "Several former and current lobbyists received DNC appointments and nominations, outnumbering those given to Sanders supporters. Jeff Berman, a former lobbyist for the private prison company GEO Group and the Keystone XL pipeline, received an appointment as a DNC at-large member. Jaime Harrison, a former coal lobbyist who ran for DNC chair and endorsed Perez after dropping out, was nominated for an Executive Committee at-large member position." (Michael Sainato, "DNC Chair Tom Perez Gives Up On Unity, Rewards Loyalists," Observer , 10/19/17)DNC leaders are so content w/ the way 2016 went that they don't want to even consider modifying the way presidential candidates are selected

Former Bernie Sanders Campaign Official Claire Sandberg Complained About The Lack Of Bernie Supporters Among The New DNC Delegates Saying "What Kind Of Unity Is This?" "Bernie wing now has zero representation on rules committee, which will determine how the 2020 primary is run. What kind of unity is this?" (Claire Sandberg, Twitter Feed , 10/20/17)

To Top It Off, The DNC's Fundraising In 2017 Was Abysmal, Raising Half As Much As The RNC

In 2017, Democrats Fell Short In Fundraising In Comparison To The RNC. "Party approaches 2018 midterms with large fundraising disadvantage over Republican National Committee." (Julie Bykowicz, "Democrats Struggle To Convert Voter Enthusiasm Into Cash Contributions," The Wall Street Journal , 12/27/17)

The Republican National Committee Has Raised "Six Times As Much" Money Than The Democratic National Committee As Of December 1, 2017, And In November 2017, The DNC "Posted Its Worst Fundraising Amount For The Month In A Decade." "The Democratic National Committee had $6.3 million in the bank on Dec. 1, while the Republican National Committee had six times as much, at $40 million, according to documents the parties filed with the Federal Election Commission. In November, the DNC posted its worst fundraising amount for the month in a decade." (Julie Bykowicz, "Democrats Struggle To Convert Voter Enthusiasm Into Cash Contributions," The Wall Street Journal , 12/27/17)

During The First Eight Months Of 2017, The RNC Raised A Total Of $93.3 Million-Double The $46.3 Million Raised By The DNC During That Same Period. "The RNC raised a total of $93.3 million in the first eight months of 2017, while the DNC brought in $46.3 million." (Mallory Shelbourne, "GOP Outraised Dem Rivals In August," The Hill , 9/21/17)

The DNC's Low August Fundraising Numbers Are "Not An Anomaly" But "A Sign Of A Continuing Trend." "August is not an anomaly; it's a sign of a continuing trend. July 2017 was the DNC's worst fundraising month since January 2009. In June, the DNC didn't fare much better and the organization posted fundraising lows in April and May unseen in nearly a decade for those months. Between January and July 2017, the RNC out-raised the DNC in a $12 million an embarrassment for a party that claims to represent working, middle class, and low income voters." (Michael Sainato, Op-Ed, "Out-Fundraised By RNC, DNC Suffers Another Embarrassing Month," Observer , 9/21/17)

Lagging Fundraising Under Tom Perez's Guidance As DNC Chair Has "Frustrated Democrats ." "The lag in Democratic Party fundraising through the first four months of new party Chairman Tom Perez's tenure has frustrated Democrats, especially as liberals see a groundswell of enthusiasm in opposition to President Trump." (Ben Kamisar, "RNC Raises Millions More Than DNC In July," The Hill , 8/19/17)

  • Seven Months Into His Tenure As DNC Chair, Perez Had Overseen Three Of The Worst Monthly Fundraising Reports For The Democratic Party Since President Obama Took Office. "Tom Perez has been chairman of the Democratic National Committee for about seven months. During that brief tenure, the committee has accounted for three of its 14 worst monthly fundraising reports since Barack Obama was elected president. And its latest month was its worst since Obama was inaugurated more than eight years ago." (Aaron Blake, "The DNC's Money Woes Persist," The Washington Post , 9/21/17)
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) Attributed Perez's "Rocky Start" To His "Political Inexperience" And The "Controversial Manner In Which He Was Elected" And Said Perez Has "A Lot Of Room For Improvement ." "Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) lamented what he considers Perez's rocky start. 'There's a lot of room for improvement," he said. He attributed Perez's struggles to both his political inexperience and the controversial manner in which he was elected." (Amie Parnes, "DNC Chief Attracts Criticism From Dem Insiders," The Hill, 10/12/17)

The Fundraising Failures Of 2017 Come On The Heels Of A Lack Of Trust Among Donors By "Reputational Hits" From The 2016 Election And Accusations Of Bias And Favoritism. "DNC leaders say they are struggling against reputational hits from the 2016 election, including accusations by former party chairwoman Donna Brazile that the DNC was biased toward Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary and Mrs. Clinton's own public statements about the DNC's disarray. But some top donors have lost faith in the party hierarchy." (Julie Bykowicz, "Democrats Struggle To Convert Voter Enthusiasm Into Cash Contributions," The Wall Street Journal , 12/27/17)

  • Clinton Called The DNC "Bankrupt" And "On The Verge Of Insolvency." "During a technology conference this spring, Mrs. Clinton put it this way: 'I mean, it was bankrupt. It was on the verge of insolvency. Its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong.'" (Julie Bykowicz, "Democrats Struggle To Convert Voter Enthusiasm Into Cash Contributions," The Wall Street Journal , 12/27/17)

One Donor Who Has Donated Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars To The DNC In The Past Has Stopped, Stating "There's Not Really Anyone At The DNC Who I Would Trust With My Money." "'The parties mean less and less every year,' said John Morgan, a Florida Democrat who contributed $30,000 to DNC for Mr. Obama's 2012 reelection, $5,000 during the 2016 race and said he has no plans to give again. 'At this point, there's not really anyone at the DNC who I would trust with my money,' he said. 'Why would I write big checks to them when I can do my own thing?'" (Julie Bykowicz, "Democrats Struggle To Convert Voter Enthusiasm Into Cash Contributions," The Wall Street Journal , 12/27/17)


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