Dem House campaign arm outraises Republicans

Dem House campaign arm outraises Republicans
© Keren Carrion

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised twice as much as its Republican counterpart did in July, with the two sides stockpiling cash for the 2018 midterm fight for the House majority.

The DCCC raised $6.3 million last month, compared to the $3.8 million brought in by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

The two committees are in about the same financial shape overall — the Democratic group has raised $66.2 million this year compared to the $63.9 million raised by the NRCC. But while the DCCC has outraised the NRCC over each of the past three months, the NRCC has about $12 million more in cash on hand.

The NRCC filed its monthly campaign finance report on Sunday, while the DCCC filed its report last week.

Both parties are fundraising intently ahead of the 2018 midterms, with Democrats confident that President Trump’s sagging favorability and historic trends have already put the House in play. 

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Democratic and Republican candidates have also largely kept pace with each other ahead of those elections — GOP candidates raised $145 million through the first six months of 2016, while Democratic candidates raised $142.

The two sides locked swords this year in contentious special elections across the country, most notably in Georgia. Republicans successfully defended all of their seats, but Democrats left emboldened by the fact that they ran ahead of their 2016 vote share in each district.

The relative parity between the DCCC and the NRCC doesn’t extend to the national party. The Republican National Committee has outraised the Democratic National Committee by a two-to-one margin so far in 2017, and the GOP operation has vastly more money banked away.