“worst May fundraising since 2003”
The Democratic National Committee hit a record low for fundraising in April and the news got no better in May.
After Democrat donors pumped a massive amount of cash into the Georgia runoff election this month, the party as a whole is hurting financially.
Anna Giaritelli reports at the Washington Examiner:
Democrats had the worst May fundraising since 2003
The Democratic National Committee raised nearly $4.3 million in May, making it the organization’s worst May on record for fundraising since 2003, according to newly released Federal Election Commission data.
In May 2003, the Democratic group pulled in $2.7 million. Although 2017 is an off-year for fundraising, the DNC has raised between $4.5 million and $20 million every May in the nearly decade and a half since then.
The low number follows another rough fundraising month in April, in which the group hauled in $4.7 million, making it the worst April of fundraising since 2009.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez has said he intends to double the organization’s budget from $50 million to $100 million this year, a change that will prove difficult if donations continue to remain below average.
Deputy DNC Chair Keith Ellison was asked about this recently on MSNBC:
On a related note, a significant portion of the money raised by the DNC in May came directly from Bernie Sanders.
Maggie Severn writes at Politico:
Sanders sent $100,000 to DNC in May
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who clashed with the Democratic National Committee during his 2016 presidential campaign and continues to criticize the party, gave $100,000 to the DNC in May to help cover costs from his cross-country spring tour with DNC Chairman Tom Perez.
Sanders and Perez embarked on the nine-state “unity tour” earlier this year after Sanders’ endorsed candidate, Rep. Keith Ellison — who supported Sanders in the 2016 presidential race — lost the race for DNC chairman to Perez. Sanders moved the money from his presidential campaign account to the DNC to help pay for the tour, according to campaign finance records and Sanders spokesman Josh Miller-Lewis.
The rare transfer of money from Sanders to the national Democratic Party comes after the unity tour and addition of Ellison as a “deputy chair” at the DNC, two changes that could signal a thaw in a high-profile, often-icy relationship.
The Republican National Committee had a much better month.
Cortney O’Brien of Townhall:
Today, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Finance Chairman Steve Wynn announced the RNC raised $10.8 million in May, a new post-presidential record, and $61.9 million overall in 2017. “Our fundraising success wouldn’t be possible without the support of our network of loyal grassroots donors across the country and bold leadership from President Trump and Congressional Republicans,” said Chairwoman McDaniel.
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