DCCC raises $75 million in 2013

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had a record-breaking off-year fundraising haul, bringing in $75 million in 2013.

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The committee raised $5.6 million in December and, overall, $14.3 million more than it did in 2011, and spent $2.7 million less.

That puts the DCCC on stronger financial footing at the start of 2014 than any previous election year, with $29.3 million cash on hand and no debt.

Democrats have consistently outraised their Republican counterparts this year, buoyed in part by fundraising help from President Obama.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has not yet released its end-of-year totals, but at the beginning of November the DCCC had raised $13.7 million more and had $8 million more in the bank than the NRCC.

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said the strong fundraising showing reflects a dissatisfaction with Republicans in Congress.

“Our record-breaking fundraising success comes down to one essential element: the insatiable hunger to replace this broken Republican Congress with leaders who have the right priorities and who will focus on solving problems,” Israel said.

“Every time House Republicans try to cut seniors’ benefits or shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act or restrict women’s health or stack the deck in favor of special interests instead of the middle class, our supporters step up. With this Republican Congress, there are plenty of opportunities.”

Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to take back the House, a tall order in any year but particularly difficult in a midterm election, when the party holding the White House typically loses seats.