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House Dems' campaign arm raises $31M in first quarter

House Dems' campaign arm raises $31M in first quarter
© Victoria Sarno Jordan

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $13.2 million in March, closing out the first fundraising quarter with a record $31 million in donations.

The DCCC’s fundraising haul, provided first to The Hill, trails the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) March and first-quarter hauls. The NRCC raised $15.5 million in March and ended the first three months of the year with nearly $36 million in contributions.

But the DCCC touted its online fundraising, which vastly outpaced its GOP counterpart. House Democrats raised a record $13.6 million online in the first quarter, compared to the NRCC's $1.7 million online during that same time, according to National Journal.

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The DCCC says it received 750,000 contributions online and had 121,000 first-time donors. The campaign committee ended March with more than $16 million cash on hand.

“Our record-breaking fundraising is a clear reflection of the urgency that people have towards fighting back against a reckless Republican agenda, including ongoing efforts to rip apart the Affordable Care Act,” said DCCC spokesman Tyler Law.

“The massive amount of small-dollar, online donations — much of which came from first time donors — provides another clear sign that the grassroots energy is behind House Democrats this cycle.”

Democrats, who would need to flip about two dozen seats to take back the House, are hoping to harness the energy from anti-Trump backlash and recent special elections ahead of the 2018 election cycle.

It’ll be an uphill climb to regain the House majority, but Democrats point to the historical trend that the party of the incumbent president typically loses House seats in midterm elections.