RNC Outraises DNC Two to One in January, Continues Fundraising Domination

DNC chair Tom Perez (L) and deputy chair, Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) / Getty
• February 21, 2018 10:52 am


The fundraising woes are spreading into 2018 for the Democratic National Committee, which disclosed late Tuesday night a February fundraising total of $6.1 million—less than half of what was raised by their Republican counterparts.

The DNC filing shows that it raised only slightly more than it spent last month and failed to make a significant dent in its outstanding debt, which sits at $5.6 million and counterbalances much of the $7.4 million the committee has in cash on hand.

The RNC, which also filed on Tuesday, continued its strong fundraising, reporting a $12.4 million haul and $40.7 million in cash on hand despite outspending the DNC by a nearly two-to-one margin. The Republicans have no debt.

DNC leadership predicted last summer that it's fundraising problems would diminish following its decision to dramatically increase the number of fundraising staffers it employed, but it hasn't made a difference. The DNC announced last week that it was bringing in a new top fundraiser.

Also revealed in filings Tuesday were record January fundraising totals for both the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as they gear up to fight for control of the House in 2018, according to the Washington Times.

The NRCC slightly outpaced the DCCC, $10.1 million to $9.3 million. The Republicans had about $7 million more in cash in hand entering February, according to the filings.

A spokesperson for the DNC responded on Twitter to a New York Times reporter who pointed out the wide fundraising gap between it and the RNC by saying it was their best January fundraising haul ever.

"DNC had its best January since 2012," said Xochitl Hinojosa. "RNC outraised the DNC in 2005 & 2007. What happened after? They lost."

Hinojosa also contended that "Democrats (not Republicans) are the ones actually winning elections."