The RNC has continued its dominance over the DNC when it comes to fundraising in 2017. The Republicans managed to raise $10.2 million in July compared to the Democrats’ $3.8 million in July.
One would think with all the negative media coverage of President Donald Trump and the GOP in Congress not repealing Obamacare the RNC would be the ones in trouble.
Not only that, but the RNC has zero debt while the DNC has $3.4 million in debt. From The Hill:
The vast fundraising gap gels with recent trends — the GOP has substantially out-fundraised its rivals since the start of 2017.
The RNC raised $86.5 million through the first seven months of the year, while the DNC raised about $42 million. The GOP also has a huge advantage in cash on hand — $47.1 million to $6.9 million.
The Hill noted that the lack of funds “has frustrated Democrats, especially as liberals see a groundswell of enthusiasm in opposition to President Trump.” As I mentioned above, I would think the DNC would have no problem fundraising considering the media constantly has us believe that the country hates Trump and the GOP in Congress for not sticking to their campaign promises.
However, it seems that the DNC is still in denial like Hillary, who still insists she lost because of misogyny. Maybe the DNC should look in a mirror?
Last week, I blogged about an op-ed authored by Michael Whitney, who led fundraising for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) in the primaries. He mentioned that groups outside of the DNC have become major competition when it comes to fundraising. He said the DNC’s major problem came down to messaging, which brings in small-dollar donors:
You can set your watch to the worst of the DCCC’s fundraising tactics. In the early afternoon of the last day of every month, the committee sends a fundraising email to its list that screams “FINAL NOTICE” in its subject line and content. The effect is to shock people into opening the message out of fear that they’ve missed a payment or that they might have their power shut off.
Other DCCC emails cause messaging whiplash. In the week before the June special election in Georgia featuring Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, the DCCC sent a fundraising email with the subject line “JON OSSOFF LOSES!” … followed by another email four hours later with the subject line “Ossoff DOMINATES!” Ossoff’s campaign used nearly identical tactics itself. Just two days before the election, it sent a fundraising email to supporters with the subject line, “Accept defeat. Jon Ossoff lost. It’s over.”
Now, this does not necessarily mean that Democrats overall have a fundraising problem. I included a portion that talked about how outside groups pose a problem:
The Daily Beast reported that the group Indivisible, comprised of former congressional staffers, managed to raise “over $40,000 on the Friday after the most recent ACA repeal effort failed.” The group raised $1 million in June.
Daily Kos, ActBlue, and Swing Left have also raised over $2 million, but have not announced how they will spend the money and on which candidates.
This causes a problem for the Democrats. These groups can throw the money at any candidate they want even if the national party decides against involvement
Will Democrats Fix the Problem?
Possibly. I found an article in The Washington Post that stated the Democrats may turn away from Trump and actually concentrate on the issues that got Trump elected:
Democrats, after analyzing their miserable 2016 showing, found voters didn’t know where the party stood on key economic issues. Starting now, they want to build an economic identity so that their candidates can run next year on something more than just opposition to President Trump. That continued Tuesday as Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) unveiled the latest plank — proposed taxes and penalties on corporations that ship jobs overseas.
The pressure point, however, is crafting an agenda that balances the needs of energizing anti-Trump liberal activists without driving away centrist voters and Republicans disillusioned with the president and the lack of results coming from the GOP-led Congress.
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