Democrat Party officials increasing fear money, infrastructure for 2018 Elections lacking
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Republican National Committee and their House & Senate Re-Election Committees — as well as two major Republican Super PACs — raised nearly $289 million in 2017 according to recent campaign finance filings. The Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, trailed far behind its Republican counterpart, raising just $5.2 million in December for a 2017 total of $67 million.
And while President Trump appears to have galvanized the small-dollar contributions from his election base into donations for the Republican National Committee (RNC) — where 44% of the $132.5 million raised in 2017 came from small-dollar contributions of less than $200 — an increasing number of Democrat Party officials fear they will not have the money necessary to build the structure needed for the 2018 elections, or to make preparations for the 2020 presidential race.
Underneath the dismal Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraising report, and amid a wave of party optimism for this year’s midterm elections, is a growing anxiety that it lacks the operational structure and funding for the party to take advantage of the perceived anti-Trump bias amongst the voting public.
What’s more, the Democratic National Committee’s dismal fundraising numbers come on the heels of a surprise departure by the party’s CEO Jess O’Connell, announced at the end of January. She has been a top leader at the DNC, and was viewed as being an integral part of its fundraising and rebuilding efforts.
Democrat party chairman Tom Perez (left,) will now have to conduct a replacement search amid the pressure of the 2018 election year, and his ongoing reboot of the organization, which remains under a shadow of lingering divisions within Democratic party ranks following the divisive 2016 presidential primary between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
While Trump entered 2018 with more than $32 million in his re-election campaign coffers and two affiliated committees, filings show that the influx of smaller, grassroots donations was key to the RNC’s fundraising haul in 2017.
- The RNC has $38.8 million cash on hand, while
- The DNC reported it has $6.5 million cash on hand, as well as debt of $6.2 million.
Independent groups backing Republican candidates also had a cash advantage over their Democrat counterparts.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC allied with House Speaker Paul Ryan, and the Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC that backs Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans, together raised about $40 million in 2017 — some $5 million more than their Democratic counterparts.
“Every Republican in Congress should be spending their time selling the tax plan. Anything else is a waste of time,” said Courtney Alexander, spokeswoman for the Congressional Leadership Fund.
“Convincing the middle class that Republicans cut their taxes is absolutely key to maintaining the majority in 2018,” Alexander said.
“Our strong fundraising numbers reflect voters’ optimism and continued support as President Trump fulfills his promises to the American people,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
“In his first year, President Trump delivered a historic tax cut to the middle class, slashed regulations, and grew our economy.
“We look forward to electing more Republican leaders to Congress who will support President Trump’s winning agenda on behalf of the American people,” McDaniel said.
Source: Texas Politics