House Democrats Raise Respectable Campaign Funds, But to What End?
With the race for Senate majority heating up and issues highlighted in the face of upcoming elections, the House of Representatives has its own race to prepare for — and the GOP is looking at a steady stream of funding while Democrats look fiscally prepared for a battle. The House Republican Campaign Committee for its part has pulled in $31.2 million to put towards retaining the Republican majority in the House, even as others work to snatch the Senate during the famously difficult midterm election. It collected nearly $10 million in March alone, and $15.1 million of that from its yearly March dinner, the largest amount yet. “This outstanding fundraising effort will enable the NRCC to stay on offense against House Democrats who continue to support the failed policies and leadership of Nancy Pelosi. We’ve never had such enthusiasm from our donors from all around the country,” said Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.) of the dinner back in March, to Politico.
The total collection balance so far has the GOP pulling ahead of 2012′s fundraising height by $8 million, according to The Associated Press. But what is perhaps more impressive is that House Democrats for their part have a respectable $40 million prepared to back their half of the fight. Of that $40 million, $10.3 million was raised in March, a lead in party directed campaign committee earnings — not examining funding stemming from Super PACs.
“Our incredible grassroots supporters are shattering records as they fight against this Republican Congress’ agenda that stacks the deck for special interests at the expense of the middle class,” said the Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward, according to The Associated Press. The funding heights reached by Democrats are made more impressive by the by now engrained doubt that they could score a majority for their party in this election.