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House Democratic campaign arm raised $12.1 million in January

House Democratic campaign arm raised $12.1 million in January
© Stefani Reynolds

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raked in more than $12 million last month, the largest January haul in its history. 

The $12.1 million bested the DCCC’s previous January fundraising record by about $2.8 million. About $5.8 million of the monthly total came from small-dollar grassroots contributions, with an average donation size of $16, the committee said.

The monthly total marks a strong start to 2020 for the DCCC after it raised nearly $125 million last year, also a record.

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The DCCC has repeatedly outpaced its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), in fundraising, prompting Republican leaders in Congress to sound the alarm in recent weeks. 

In a closed-door meeting with members of his conference last month, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse Democrats' campaign arm raises almost million in May Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Environmental groups urge congressional leaders to leave climate provisions in infrastructure package MORE (R-Calif.) acknowledged that Republican members are “getting our ass kicked” in the money race. 

And Rep. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerHouse Democrats' campaign arm raises almost million in May Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals Republican House campaign arm says it will begin soliciting cryptocurrency donations MORE (R-Minn.), the chairman of the NRCC, said at a breakfast event last month that Republicans needed to fundraise more aggressively and stop relying on the campaign committee to bolster their reelection efforts. 

“Our members need to get their act together and raise more money,” Emmer said. “The individual campaigns need to raise more money. They cannot expect somebody else is going to do it for them, and they're going to hear that from me when we come back after the break and we see all the final numbers.”

Democrats are on defense in 2020 after picking up 43 House seats in the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans are eager to challenge those freshman representatives this year, but many of them have already built up sizable cash advantages, giving them a financial cushion heading into their first reelection bids.

“These record fundraising numbers are another example of House Democrats’ strong position as we fight to protect and expand House Democrats' firewall against Washington Republican attacks on working families' health care,” Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosTo reverse the teaching shortage in low-income communities, give educators incentive to stay Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms Democrat Cheri Bustos to retire from Congress MORE (D-Ill.), the chairwoman of the DCCC, said. “Democrats know what is at stake in this election, and we will not let up while everyday Americans’ lives hang in the balance.”

House Democrats running in some of the most competitive races of 2020 saw a surge in fundraising in the last three months of 2019, an analysis of Federal Election Commission filings by The Hill found. The 42 members in the DCCC’s “Frontline” program — an effort to boost incumbents facing tough reelection bids — raised a combined $28.5 million in the fourth quarter of the year, a 27 percent increase over the previous quarter.