NRCC narrowly outraised DCCC in January as corporate PACs halted giving

NRCC narrowly outraised DCCC in January as corporate PACs halted giving
© Greg Nash

The GOP’s House campaign arm outraised its Democratic counterpart last month despite an exodus of corporate donors in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. 

Filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) pulled in nearly $7.5 million in the first month of 2021, outpacing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) by about $500,000

The NRCC’s January fundraising haul suggests that the fallout from the Capitol riots had little practical effect on the group’s finances. 

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That sparked concerns among some Republicans that the party’s incumbents and committees could take a sharp financial hit as they prepare for an effort to recapture control of the House and Senate in 2022. 

Despite those worries, the NRCC is beginning the new year in a stronger financial position than the DCCC. 

The GOP House campaign arm reported having more than $13.5 million in the bank at the end of January. The DCCC, meanwhile, reported a $22.4 million account balance, although the committee also carries $13 million in debts, offsetting its cash-on-hand lead over the NRCC. 

Down-ballot Republicans performed better than expected in the 2020 general elections, picking up 12 seats, even as Biden notched a 4.5-percentage-point victory over Trump nationally. 

Democrats now hold only a 10-seat edge in the House, raising the GOP’s hopes of recapturing control of the lower chamber in 2022. The NRCC has already announced a list of 47 districts it’s planning to target next year.