The committee charged with helping Republicans wrest control of the House in 2022 raised $45.4 million over the last three months, a record quarterly haul during a year without a national election.
That total was bolstered by $20.1 million raised in June, the highest ever monthly off-year total, according to numbers shared with The Associated Press before a public filing deadline.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week announced that it had raised $14.4 million in June, bringing its second-quarter total to about $36.5 million — its best ever for that stretch.
The large sums signal that excitement is high among donors to both parties as they prepare for what is expected to be a contentious midterm election season. Democrats hold a razor-thin majority in the House, but Republicans have history on their side: The party that occupies the White House typically sees large losses in both the House and the Senate.
GOP fundraising has also been bolstered by former President Donald Trump, whose name continues to dominate fundraising pleas for small-dollar contributions, even as he continues to make claims about fraud in the 2020 election, which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
In its next filing, the National Republican Congressional Committee will report that it raised $79.2 million during the first half of the year, besting the $44.5 million raised in 2019 and marking the most ever raised for that period in the committee’s history. The committee now has $55 million cash on hand, versus more than $44 million for the DCCC.
“Every vulnerable House Democrat should be eyeing the exits because if they choose to run, they will lose.”
While the DCCC has lagged behind, it, too, has broken records, including logging its best second quarter in committee history, with almost $36.5 million raised, including nearly $14.4 million in June.
DCCC Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney claimed the big bucks in Democrat candidates’ coffers mean American voters are rejecting “Republican Extremism,” but he failed to mention that most of the money comes from Party leadership.
The Democrat fundraising totals also benefited from transfers from party leadership:
– Nancy Pelosi depleted more than $2 million from her campaign coffers
– Rep. Maloney provided $155,000
– Rep. Hakeem Jeffries gave another $283,000
Author: Asa McCue