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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