DCCC claims record fundraising in wake of healthcare ruling

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it posted “the single biggest grassroots fundraising day in DCCC history” on Saturday in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a key part of the Obama administration’s healthcare law.

DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.) said in a statement released Tuesday that the group has pulled in $2.3 million since the court’s ruling last Thursday, with an average contribution of $35.

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“Our grassroots support has been absolutely off the charts, and House Democrats are shattering records because Americans are energized about historic protections for middle-class healthcare consumers and appalled that Republicans plan to vote to put insurance companies back in charge of their healthcare,” Israel said. 

The Supreme Court’s controversial decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate has set off a donation spree, with both Republicans and Democrats touting their fundraising efforts.

But the DCCC's numbers were dwarfed by those of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. On Friday morning, less than 24 hours after the decision, the Romney campaign said it had raised $5.5 million from 55,000 individual donations. 

The Obama campaign shot back, claiming it had outraised Romney since the ruling, but did not provide numbers.

Still, the DCCC figures are good news for Obama and the Democrats, who have struggled in recent weeks to keep up with Romney and the Republicans in both big and small donations. Romney outraised Obama for the first time in May, topping the president by more than $16 million.

The court ruling has also provided a boost to Democrats, with polls showing greater enthusiasm among their base and the White House pressing lawmakers to use the decision to go on the offensive. 

“House Democrats are on offense and will continue to unmask this House Republican majority’s reckless agenda that started with drastically cutting Medicare for seniors to protect millionaires and is now determined to repeal healthcare consumer protections for families to protect insurance company profits,” Israel said Monday.