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.
National Journal
Alex Roarty
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Alex Roarty
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.
What We're Following See More »
REPEATS CONTROVERSIAL CLAIM
Trump: Clinton “Doesn’t Have The Stamina” to be President
4 hours ago
DEBATE UPDATE

At the end of the debate, moderator Lester Holt asked Donald Trump if he stands by his statement that Hillary Clinton didn't have the look of a president. Trump responded by saying Holt misquoted him, instead saying that Clinton "doesn't have the stamina." Clinton responded by saying that when Trump visits 112 countries as secretary of state, he can talk to her about stamina.

WIDELY DEBUNKED CLAIM
Trump: Clinton Camp Started Birtherism
5 hours ago
DEBATE UPDATE

Donald Trump, when pressed by Lester Holt on why he finally admitted that President Obama was born in America, repeated his widely debunked claim that it was started by Hillary Clinton.

“AFRICAN AMERICANS” ARE “LIVING IN HELL”
Conversation Shifts to Race
5 hours ago
DEBATE UPDATE

Hillary Clinton went point by point on how race can so often determine the treatment that people receive, mentioning recent shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte, calling for restored trust between communities and police, and demanding criminal justice reform. Trump responded by calling for law and order and touting his endorsements from police unions. He then said that “African Americans are living in hell,” saying they are just walking down the street and getting “shot ... being decimated by crime."

JUST AS CLINTON INVITES VIEWERS TO VISIT HER SITE
During Debate, Trump Site Appears to Be Down
5 hours ago
THE LATEST

Just as Hillary Clinton was inviting debate viewers to visit her site for real-time fact checking, there appeared to be a problem with Donald Trump's own campaign website. For about a 15-minute period, a blank page or an error message appeared when we tried to load the Trump site.

INTERRUPTS CLINTON MULTIPLE TIMES
Trump Comes Out Swinging
5 hours ago
DEBATE UPDATE

Donald Trump has come out in the first segment of this debate raring to go. Trump has interrupted nearly every answer being given by Hillary Clinton, talking over her time and again. Clinton is sticking to her guns, smiling while Trump speaks and then calling on people to go to her website and see the fact checking being done.

×