Congressional fundraising heats up, with Democrats beating out GOP in May, as Georgia special election nears

Republican fundraising dedicated to the House of Representatives last month may have been the best in over a decade for the month of May, but it was no match for the record-breaking draw by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

According to fundraising figures obtained by Roll Call, the DCCC raised more than $9.3 million last month. That beats the $6.5 million haul by the National Republican Congressional Committee which the Washington Examiner reported Friday.

Speaking to the $6.55 million raised through grassroots programs, which beat the RCCC’s total May draw, the DCCC said there is a “huge enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans has shown up in special elections, primaries, and with record-breaking small-dollar fundraising.” DCCC spokesman Tyler Law added, “Democrats are unified heading into the 2018 midterms, and we will continue to channel grassroots energy towards flipping seats on the largest House battleground we’ve seen in a decade.”

Democrats attribute much of their fundraising success to rising discontent over President Trump’s presidency. The Roll Call report says the 2017 May fundraising total is double that of May 2015 figures.

Currently much of the two groups’ focus is on the special election in Georgia, set to take place on June 20, where Democrat Jon Ossoff is running against Republican Karen Handel to fill Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s vacated seat.

Republicans celebrated their “historic fundraising effort” last month, and predict a strong 2018 showing.

“With yet another historic fundraising effort, House Republicans are on the march towards a successful 2018. Thanks, as always, to Speaker Ryan and all of House leadership who continue to step up to defend our majority and expand the playing field into Democratic territory,” said Rep. Steve Stivers, NRCC chairman.

The RCCC has raised $52.5 million, nearly double its take for the same election off-year period in 2015. The group also boasted $31.2 million on hand, the highest off-year cash on hand ever.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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