In the past two months alone – Vice News caught the DNC lying about investments in state parties, McClatchy caught the DNC lying about their investment in Alabama, and now The Washington Post is dishing out Pinocchios to the DNC for lying about their fundraising numbers.
Tom Perez’s claim that DNC broke fundraising records in January
March 7, 2018 – 3:00 AM
“We raised more money in January, for instance, of 2018 than any January in our history. So if the question is, ‘Do we have enough money to implement our game plan?’ Absolutely.”
— Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, in a C-SPAN interview, March 2, 2018
Perez has been dogged by questions about the DNC’s fundraising, which dipped below historical levels in recent months while the Republican National Committee gained steam and shattered fundraising records.
Pressed about these lopsided financials on C-SPAN, Perez said he was upbeat about the DNC’s resources heading into the congressional midterm elections. Democrats, he said, raised more money in January 2018 than in any previous January. (The DNC was founded in 1848.)
DNC spokesman Michael Tyler said Perez had a slip of the tongue on C-SPAN and did not mean to claim a historical record. “Tom meant to say that we raised more money in January than we had in any January since 2012,” Tyler said. It’s quite a blunder, since the DNC’s history began 164 years before 2012…
The Pinocchio Test
Perez said the DNC set a new fundraising record for the month of January. But his spokesman walked back those comments when we reached out with FEC figures that told a different story.
Although we don’t award Pinocchios when a politician admits error, the response from Perez’s spokesman raised new questions. The DNC now uses monthly fundraising totals that merge its own numbers with whatever gets raised by a different entity called the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund.
This is a break from tradition, and it blurs the lines of a complicated financial arrangement.
The DNC is one of 52 entities in the joint fundraising committee. At some point, one of the other groups will chime in with a check, and then what? Who gets the credit for that?
This elaborate construct may help the DNC chairman save face, but only by sacrificing clarity and hampering voters’ understanding of campaign finance.
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