DCCC Posts Big Fundraising Month

House Democrats had the biggest off-year October in their history.

Reps. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) rally the troops at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
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Nov. 20, 2013, 1:50 a.m.

Say this for the gov­ern­ment shut­down: It cer­tainly fattened the wal­let of House Demo­crats.

The Demo­crat­ic Cam­paign Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee raised $7 mil­lion in Oc­to­ber, it an­nounced Wed­nes­day, the best off-month Oc­to­ber in the group’s his­tory. It’s al­most $3 mil­lion more than the $4.2 mil­lion it raised in Oc­to­ber of 2011.

Last month’s haul is the latest eye-pop­ping total for the DCCC, which has now col­lec­ted more than $65 mil­lion this year and already has over $25 mil­lion on hand. To boot, the com­mit­tee doesn’t have any debt.

In Septem­ber, dur­ing the run-up to the shut­down, the com­mit­tee raised $8.4 — over $3 mil­lion more than the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee. The NR­CC has yet to re­lease its Oc­to­ber fun­drais­ing fig­ures, but in Septem­ber, it had raised only $48 mil­lion so far dur­ing the polit­ic­al cycle. Last month’s re­port is due to the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Wed­nes­day.

“House Re­pub­lic­ans’ reck­less and ir­re­spons­ible agenda is not only driv­ing their ap­prov­al rat­ings to re­cord lows — it’s ral­ly­ing our sup­port to re­cord highs,” said Rep. Steve Is­rael, D-N.Y., the DCCC’s chair­man. “The Amer­ic­an people be­lieve enough is enough — and they’ve had enough with the dys­func­tion of this Re­pub­lic­an Con­gress and the pain they’ve caused Amer­ica’s middle class.”

The shut­down oc­curred dur­ing a re­l­at­ive high-point for Demo­crats, when many in­de­pend­ent ana­lysts said the dam­age done to the Re­pub­lic­an Party could lead to con­sid­er­able losses in the House. But the dis­astrous roll-out of the Af­ford­able Care Act in the last month has re­versed those ex­pect­a­tions, and it’s un­clear if House Demo­crats’ fun­drais­ing will con­tin­ue at the same pace.

Say this for the gov­ern­ment shut­down: It cer­tainly fattened the wal­let of House Demo­crats. The Demo­crat­ic Cam­paign Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee raised $7 mil­lion in Oc­to­ber, it an­nounced Wed­nes­day, the best off-month Oc­to­ber in the group’s his­tory. It’s al­most $3 mil­lion more than the $4.2 mil­lion it raised in Oc­to­ber of 2011. Last month’s haul is the latest eye-pop­ping total for the DCCC, which has now col­lec­ted more than $65 mil­lion this year and already has over $25 mil­lion on hand. To boot, the com­mit­tee doesn’t have any debt. In Septem­ber, dur­ing the run-up to the shut­down, the com­mit­tee raised $8.4 — over $3 mil­lion more than the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee. The NR­CC has yet to re­lease its Oc­to­ber fun­drais­ing fig­ures, but in Septem­ber, it had raised only $48 mil­lion so far dur­ing the polit­ic­al cycle. “House Re­pub­lic­ans’ reck­less and ir­re­spons­ible agenda is not only driv­ing their ap­prov­al rat­ings to re­cord lows — it’s ral­ly­ing our sup­port to re­cord highs,” said Steve Is­rael, DCCC chair­man. “The Amer­ic­an people be­lieve enough is enough — and they’ve had enough with the dys­func­tion of this Re­pub­lic­an Con­gress and the pain they’ve caused Amer­ica’s middle class.” The shut­down oc­curred dur­ing a re­l­at­ive high-point for Demo­crats, when many in­de­pend­ent ana­lysts said the dam­age done to the Re­pub­lic­an Party could lead to con­sid­er­able losses in the House. But the dis­astrous roll-out of the Af­ford­able Care Act in the last month has re­versed those ex­pect­a­tions, and it’s un­clear if House Demo­crats’ fun­drais­ing will con­tin­ue at the same pace.Say this for the gov­ern­ment shut­down: It cer­tainly fattened the wal­let of House Demo­crats.The Demo­crat­ic Cam­paign Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee raised $7 mil­lion in Oc­to­ber, it an­nounced Wed­nes­day, the best off-month Oc­to­ber in the group’s his­tory. It’s al­most $3 mil­lion more than the $4.2 mil­lion it raised in Oc­to­ber of 2011.Last month’s haul is the latest eye-pop­ping total for the DCCC, which has now col­lec­ted more than $65 mil­lion this year and already has over $25 mil­lion on hand. To boot, the com­mit­tee doesn’t have any debt.In Septem­ber, dur­ing the run-up to the shut­down, the com­mit­tee raised $8.4 — over $3 mil­lion more than the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee. The NR­CC has yet to re­lease its Oc­to­ber fun­drais­ing fig­ures, but in Septem­ber, it had raised only $48 mil­lion so far dur­ing the polit­ic­al cycle.”House Re­pub­lic­ans’ reck­less and ir­re­spons­ible agenda is not only driv­ing their ap­prov­al rat­ings to re­cord lows — it’s ral­ly­ing our sup­port to re­cord highs,” said Steve Is­rael, DCCC chair­man. “The Amer­ic­an people be­lieve enough is enough — and they’ve had enough with the dys­func­tion of this Re­pub­lic­an Con­gress and the pain they’ve caused Amer­ica’s middle class.”The shut­down oc­curred dur­ing a re­l­at­ive high-point for Demo­crats, when many in­de­pend­ent ana­lysts said the dam­age done to the Re­pub­lic­an Party could lead to con­sid­er­able losses in the House. But the dis­astrous roll-out of the Af­ford­able Care Act in the last month has re­versed those ex­pect­a­tions, and it’s un­clear if House Demo­crats’ fun­drais­ing will con­tin­ue at the same pace.
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