House Democrats’ campaign arm raised a record $11.5 million in July, with $7 million of that coming from online donations, driven in large part by GOP attacks on President Obama.
The DCCC now has $56.7 million cash on hand to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s $48 million, a cash advantage the Democratic committee has used to reserve more fall airtime than the NRCC and to ramp up its ground operation earlier than ever before.
But Democrats are facing a far tougher climate, and a steeper climb, than Republicans in their pursuit of the 17 seats they’d need to take back the House — an outcome even the party’s leaders are reluctant to predict.
They have consistently outraised House Republicans, however, bringing in over $27 million more than the NRCC this cycle.
And House Democrats came out of July buoyant over the GOP push to impeach Obama and the GOP lawsuit against him, tactics which they say backfired on Republicans and revved up the Democratic base.
The DCCC issued numerous fundraising pleas highlighting the push, and it appears those efforts quite literally paid off: The committee says it raised $7 million online from more than 400,000 donations in July, including more than 80,000 first-time donors, with an average contribution of $17.50.