House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hauled in more than $7 million for the Democrats last month, according to her office.
The California Democrat, long known for a knack to get the party faithful to open their wallets, raked in $7.2 million at 77 events in five states and Washington, D.C., her office said Friday.
Those figures are much of the reason the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the third quarter despite the GOP holding control of the House. The DCCC brought in $35.1 million through September, the group announced this week, versus $30.9 million for the NRCC.
House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan delays committee assignments until 2017 Lobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run MORE (R-Ohio) has also been on a fundraising tear this year, pulling in roughly $4 million in August, bringing his total for the cycle to $84 million. His office did not respond immediately Friday to questions about his September haul.
With the House on break for almost the entire three months leading up to the Nov. 6 elections, both party leaders have engaged in a grueling fundraising schedule in the race for the lower chamber.
The Democrats have the much tougher battle. After gaining control of the House in the wave elections of 2006 — and picking up more than 20 additional seats in 2008 — Democrats were trounced at the polls in 2010, losing 63 seats and sending BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan delays committee assignments until 2017 Lobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run MORE and the Republicans back into the majority.
To retake the lower chamber in November, Democrats would need to pick up at least 25 seats — a steep climb in the face of a limping economy and a neck-and-neck presidential contest.