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Government Shutdown Fuels House Democratic Fundraising

The Democrats' House campaign arm raised a record amount of money for September in a non-election year.

The DCCC raised more money in September than the NRSC and DSCC combined.(iStockphoto)

photo of Alex  Roarty
October 21, 2013

Democrats are already benefiting politically from the government shutdown -- in their pocketbooks.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $8.4 million in September, according to an aide with the group, a significant sum more than a year before next year's election. The haul dwarfs the $5.3 million collected last month by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which was again out-raised by House Democrats despite holding the majority.

To date this year, the DCCC has raised $58.2 million and has $21.6 million on hand. The NRCC has $15.7 million cash on hand.

 

The run-up to the 16-day standoff, which began Oct. 1, had a big impact on the DCCC's September finances. In the six days after Sen. Ted Cruz's filibuster, it raised $2 million online on nearly 100,000 donations, according to a committee aide. In total last month, the group collected $3 million from 160,000 online donations, helping push it to the best off-year September fundraising haul in the DCCC's history.

The report is the latest sign that after the shutdown, money is becoming a concern for Republicans. Dissatisfied donors from the GOP's business and conservative wings, angry at a party they don't think is listening to them, have threatened to withhold contributions. Democrats have also outraised Republicans elsewhere: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $4.6 million last month, $1 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee's $3.6 million. For the first time in 17 months, the Democratic National Committee raised more cash than the Republican National Committee -- $7.4 million to $7.1 million.

And the surge occurred entirely before the government shutdown took effect, suggesting the fundraising disparity could widen after October's reports are released next month.

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