House Democrats beat House Republicans in campaign fundraising

Both parties' May fundraising beat the usual monthly averages. The DCCC's May revenues are its largest May fundraising total ever.
By Mark Schwartz | Jun 20, 2017
The 2018 elections are 17 months away, but House Democrats have taken the lead in fundraising. Roll Call reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) brought in $9.3 million in May, while the National Republican Congressional Committee's (NRCC) May revenues totaled only $6.5 million.

"The huge enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans has shown up in special elections, primaries, and with record-breaking small-dollar fundraising," DCCC spokesman Tyler Law said in a statement. "Democrats are unified heading into the 2018 midterms, and we will continue to channel grassroots energy towards flipping seats on the largest House battleground we've seen in a decade."

Democrats would need to pick up 24 GOP-controlled seats to take back the House in 2018. President Trump's sagging popularity and Congressional Republicans' much-criticized struggles to overturn Obamacare have given some Democratic party leaders hope that they have a chance. In May, DCCC director Dan Sena told a meeting of party operatives that the party aims to run candidates in three times as many Republican-held districts as it did last year, when it ran candidates in only 45.

Both parties' May fundraising beat the usual monthly averages. The DCCC's May revenues are its largest May fundraising total ever. The GOP's fundraising totals, while smaller than the Democrats', were still the NRCC's best showing for May fundraising since 2005.

Fundraising totals do not necessarily predict electoral success. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has outraised the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee in each of the last 10 years, yet still not held a majority since 2010. But they can suggest high energy among the party's base, and party operatives will try to sustain that energy going into election season.

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