House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has raised almost $26 million for the Democratic Party so far this year, The Washington Post reported Monday.
Pelosi has sent $24.7 million of her $25.9 million fundraising haul to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), according to the Post, which noted that that amount is $10 million more than she sent to the group during the last congressional off-year two years ago.
The longtime Democratic leader held 124 VIP events in 22 cities and raised $2 million from 115,000 small donors through a DCCC email campaign that featured Pelosi, the newspaper reported.
Pelosi’s numbers lag behind those of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.), however, who brought in $33.1 million during the first six months of 2017.
Each of the House leaders uses different fundraising strategies, the Post noted, so it can be difficult to compare the numbers directly.
Republicans have used Pelosi's name and image to campaign against Democrats in the wake of GOP wins in special elections this year. She said Sunday that questions about her leadership role are “unimportant," stressing that Democrats need to focus on the party’s new economic agenda ahead of the midterm elections.
She also insisted that she is more than capable of retaining her role despite criticism from some Democrats, calling herself a “master legislator.”