House Democrats' campaign arm raises almost $10 million in May

House Democrats' campaign arm raises almost $10 million in May
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House Democrats’ campaign arm raised nearly $10 million last month, touting it as the best May haul in an off-year in the group’s history. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said the average grassroots donation last month was $23. The group headed into June debt-free and with $36 million in cash on hand, $19 million more than it had at the end of May 2019. 

“While Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate After police rip Trump for Jan. 6, McCarthy again blames Pelosi Capitol Police asked to arrest the maskless MORE and House Republicans dive further into extremism, their lack of an agenda to lift the American people is coming even more clearly into focus,” said DCCC Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.). “With President BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE and Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, Democrats in Congress are helping Americans strengthen their livelihoods with economic relief that is reopening small businesses and getting workers back on the job to provide for their families.” 

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The haul was first reported by Punchbowl News.

The DCCC’s announcement comes days after its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), announced that it raised $14 million in May. However, that included $5 million from the Republican National Committee. 

The NRCC ended May with over $42.1 million in cash on hand and no debt.

The hefty hauls continue the breakneck fundraising pace both party organs have enjoyed since the start of the year.

Both the DCCC and NRCC are gearing up for a contentious midterm election to fight over Democrats’ razor-thin majorities in both the House and the Senate.

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History suggests that Democrats would start the cycle on their back foot, given that the party in the White House tends to suffer losses in the midterms.

Democrats maintain that voters will buck that trend due to broad polling support for a sweeping $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill signed into law earlier this year and other proposals, but Republicans are confident that they can make significant inroads in November 2022. 

“Americans are ready to do whatever is necessary to stop Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE and House Democrats’ socialist agenda. May’s record-breaking fundraising numbers are just the latest indication that House Republicans are primed to retake the majority,” NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerJuan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto House Republicans post record fundraising ahead of midterms MORE (R-Minn.) said Tuesday.