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Democrats Still Can’t Bring in the Cash They Desperately Need

Democrats Still Can’t Bring in the Cash They Desperately Need

Show me the money!

Yesterday I blogged about races to watch for in 2018 and mentioned how the Democrats really think they can take control of the House. The party faces a major problem: Money.

We’ve been documenting the Democrats failure at bringing in the dough and it looks like it’s not getting better, which means their hopes and dreams could fail miserably.

A Party in Shambles

A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that 50% of the people who responded want the Democrats to take control of Congress in 2018. But is it all hot air? From The Wall Street Journal:

The Democratic National Committee had $6.3 million in the bank on Dec. 1, while the Republican National Committee had six times as much, at $40 million, according to documents the parties filed with the Federal Election Commission. In November, the DNC posted its worst fundraising amount for the month in a decade.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a former DNC chairman who hosted a party fundraiser at his home Dec. 14, is among the party stalwarts stepping in to try to reverse the course. “I have heard a lot of donors say they need to take a break,” said Mr. McAuliffe. “The party’s job is to convince them they can’t.”

The party’s political committees for the House and Senate have done a little better, but still trail the Republicans. The Democratic Congressional Committee had $34.2 million at the end of November while the National Republican Campaign Committee had $42.3 million.

Bombshells from Donna Brazile about the party have pushed away people. She accused the party of showing favoritism to failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and detailed how the party was broke with Hillary coming to the rescue. Former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz tore the party apart with her mismanagement and poor financial skills.

The problems also go back to President Barack Obama’s eight years in office when he “built his own fundraising and data operation apart from the DNC.”

All of these messes have made big time donors lose faith in those in charge at the DNC. WSJ continued:

“The parties mean less and less every year,” said John Morgan, a Florida Democrat who contributed $30,000 to DNC for Mr. Obama’s 2012 reelection, $5,000 during the 2016 race and said he has no plans to give again.

The personal injury attorney is considering running for governor in Florida but said he isn’t even sure he would run as a Democrat, despite having hosted Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton in his home for fundraisers.

“At this point, there’s not really anyone at the DNC who I would trust with my money,” he said. “Why would I write big checks to them when I can do my own thing?”

Small-Dollar Donors

Losing big time donors can devastate a party, but those small-dollar donors mean much more. Back in August, Michael Whitney, who led fundraising for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the primaries, explained in Politico why the small amount donations mean so much:

This isn’t just about money. Small-dollar donors are an important measure of how much grass-roots enthusiasm a campaign or organization has. They are the supporters who will show up to knock on doors, make phone calls and get out the vote. And since they don’t donate enough to reach campaigns’ individual contribution limits, you can return to ask them for money time and again—which frees campaigns from continually being on the hunt for new, deep-pocketed donors who can max out. The lack of their support threatens to prevent major gains by the party in 2018 and beyond.

To bring them back in, the Democrats have to concentrate on messaging:

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.”

Maybe the DNC has listened because it “added to its digital team Robin Curram” from Sanders’ campaign. Whitney told WSJ that the messaging has changed and “appears to be appealing to small donors by telling them they are part of a bigger movement.”

50-State Strategy

DNC Chairman Tom Perez, national finance chairman Henry Muñoz, and chief executive officer Jess O’Connell have used 2017 to explain the party’s 50-state strategy, similar to the strategy the party used under Howard Dean’s leadership. Perez decided on this approach back in February after he became chairman. From NPR:

On whether a 50-state strategy has a realistic way of competing in red states

Well, absolutely. You look at what happened in Kansas. Donald Trump won by 14 points, and [Democrats] picked up 14 seats in the state legislature because there’s radical social engineering going on by Gov. Brownback. [Editor’s note: Democrats in Kansas netted 12, not 14 seats in the Legislature.] In Alaska, for instance, the House of Representatives flipped Democratic. When we invest in these states and when we have an “every ZIP code strategy,” we can succeed because our values and our message, I think, it resonates with the American people. We are the party that fights for Medicare. We’re the party that fights for Social Security. We’re the party that fights for good wages and we have to communicate that.

Basically the strategy is to concentrate on down-ballot races and give equal attention to all races, not just those states they view as winnable. O’Connell said the party is rebuilding and they need resources. They plan to do this by replicating “the voter data modeling and turnout system former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus built.”

Will it work or will the party abandon it? In September, Michael Sainato wrote at Observer that the party has shown signs of abandoning the strategy due to its lack of attention to the Alabama special election for the Senate:

In Alabama, the Democratic candidate to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat is receiving little help from the national party. Politico reported on September 1, “While Jones would seem to be a perfect candidate for the post-Charlottesville moment—he’s a 63-year-old former U.S. attorney who prosecuted the pair behind the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham—national Democrats have largely ignored him.” The article cited that several Democrat-leaning organizations, like Daily Kos and the End Citizens United PAC, that supported special election congressional candidate Jon Ossoff in June 2017 have refrained from supporting Jones.

That all changed once Jones’s competitor Republican Roy Moore faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. The females claimed he came onto them when he was in his 30s and they were only teenagers.

Sainato also noted that the Democrats largely ignored a “Florida special election for State Assembly in a district that Hillary Clinton won” while the Republicans used a lot of assets to four candidates. The Democrats had one candidate:

The Orlando Sentinel reported, “This, my friends, is why Democrats are chronic losers in this state… because they don’t compete.” Democrats haven’t won a statewide election in Florida since Sen. Bill Nelson won his 2012 election, and in 2018 he faces a tough re-election battle—even though Florida has more registered Democrats than Republicans.


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well, i’m sure all those lieberals whining about the tax bill will be happy to send their extra bucks to the DNC every payday, right?


When you have no actual policies to run on don’t be surprised when people don’t show up to support you.

What about Soros’ gargantuan bankroll? Didn’t he make a billion dollar pledge or some such recently? Or was that just hot air?

OleDirtyBarrister | December 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Memo to Mary Chastain: Both The RNC And DNC Are In Disarray.

An outsider and neo-Republican won the presidency, defeating all estblishment candidates with a political record and the anti-establishment candidates. The voters seem to be unhappy with both parties.

But it would be foolish to count the Dems out because the promise and primary agenda of “Free Shit!” sells pretty well in all parts of the country, particularly with socialist leaning millennials. Further, the DNC has the mainstream media as a propaganda arm, Soros funded groups are working to create 1MM new voters from permanent resident aliens, Puerto Ricans are relocating and becoming voting citizens of other states, there is no uniformity in voter ID, and the Dems have a remarkable penchant for manufacturing last minute votes that miraculously deliver a victory for a Democrat candidate after being found in the final hours of the vote count.

Republicans balance but on the edge of the abyss. Trump obviously won despite the establishment. Slim presidential electoral victories along the blue wall are exactly that – slim and beholden to Trump in that singular moment of time back in 2016. There’s no new grassroots movement to elect a milquetoast sweater-vest republican church nerd.

Point being- democrats don’t need more money – they need to run against tired, strange old farts like judge Moore.

Heh…Spend a $Billion+ on a losing Presidential Candidate following a rigged primary and high-dollar donors perceive you as a bad investment for the future?

Who could’a seen that coming?

Granny Clinton, the gift that just keeps-on-keeping-on giving.

This can’t be right. I keep hearing that the Dems are going to take back congress next year. Why wouldn’t the donors to be a part of that guaranteed history-making improvement? If they withhold their money, why they might miss out on impeachment! They surely don’t want that, do they?

Gotta wonder about the correlation of this fact and the timing of Trump shutting down all the pay to play schemes the Dems were running.

    Semper Why in reply to Andy. | December 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I doubt it. This financial crisis for the Dems has been years in the making. Trump’s welcome termination of the more obvious DNC funding schemes is a recent phenomenon.

hillary proved that money does not make you a winner. Here in Georgia Handle beat out the young interloper even though he spent three times as much as she did for Dr. Price’s Congressional seat. It’s all about motivation and enthusiasm. Going into this past election the R’s had that passion and the hillary voters held their noses and voted for hillary. Even though Trump is doing great things, he has repulsed so many people that they simply do not care what he does. Because of this, the 2018 election may turn out to be a disaster for the R’s. Trump doesn’t seem to realize that if he loses the House he will never get anything done. If he were to lose the Senate he would be a lame duck in his second year and possibly impeached. The D’s simply do not care what he does for the people or country, they hate him personally and their hatred will come first. I hated obama in much the same way. It didn’t matter to me what he did because I knew the real motive was not the one being told to the public. He was a crony capitalist and he rewarded his cronies more than any president in my lifetime. As much as we all hate the msm, they can destroy the R’s chances in the 2018 election by not telling the good Trump has done. Some people love his teenager tweeting but as with anything in life, you have to consider all sides before opening your mouth. Just imagine what his standing would be like without the constant personal insults and taunting. He wasn’t liked at all by the left but there is a big independent crowd that has a growing distaste for his antics. I want him to succeed for the country’s sake but he is making it hard to have any friends that he needs to work with. I truly hope I am wrong.

    All you nevertrumpers told us that the 2016 election was going to be a disaster because Trump. You were wrong then, Trump saved it for the R party. The “losses” were less than expected.

    tom_swift in reply to inspectorudy. | December 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Just imagine what his standing would be like without the constant personal insults and taunting.

    He certainly wouldn’t be President. Were it up to the Press and both parties, the voters would never have even known he was a candidate.

    OleDirtyBarrister in reply to inspectorudy. | December 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    There is still a large number of people not on twitter and not wanting to see the stupid stuff he does in the media reports. Trump is the POTUS now, not a candidate, and the circumstances are different. Furthermore, I don’t agree that twitter got him elected because so few voters are actually on it as a percentage of the population. What got him elected was his constant image building by calling into Fox shows frequently before the election and having them indulge him, and then getting so much coverage from Fox and other media outlets. Twitter helped get some of that media coverage, but saying outrageous things like calling a press conference and proposing a muslim ban got even more attention.

    There are twitter antics that need to cease. For example, Trump being so petty as to tell the UCLA player that they were welcome and precipitating the petty BS fights that followed. I did not know who the Ball clown was before and do not care now, and it did nothing for Trump. He should have left the thugs over in China and let the Chinese put them in a work camp because they were all guilty. If Trump were going to do anything, he should not act like insecure kid that needs constant “Attaboy” reassurances.

    Twitter would be a better and more useful tool if it were handled by designated professionals who made posts that were thought out well, concise, and pithy. “See you in court!” is a stupid response to a court enjoining and executive order, and he should be kicked in the nuts for saying such stuff. Petty arguments with pissants like Ball are nothing more than distractions and cloud the messaging.

Oh grow a pair of bollocks inspector! If Trump maintained a dignified silence like Bush the media would like on him even harder than they are now!

The fact he doesn’t take shit sitting down like GW did rules the media up no end simply because they can’t shut him up!

And that’s the whole point here, he us not owned by anyone and owes nothing to no one!

Secondly if the Republicans lose Congress and the Senate that will be solely on the GOPe and not TRUMP!

If they go in to the 2018 races with the Alabama mentality of surrendering before a vote is caste then that is on the GOPe!

Trump has given the GOPe something none if the other spineless candidates could have done (a win!) and their thanks is to work against making America great again. Really tells you all you need to know about who the GOPe really does care about!

    inspectorudy in reply to mailman. | December 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Unfortunately, you did not get the meaning that intended to make. I have no problem with his tweeting but only with the nature of it. When some lowlife makes a derogatory comment about him he reacts like schoolyard kid and shouts back “So’s your mom!”. This has no value to anyone except the lowlife. I hated the way GWB just took insult after insult with no reply. And BTW, I was never and am still not a “Nevertrumper”. This is the mantra of Breitbart and some of the other sites that only sycophants are allowed to make gushing comments. Anyone else is immediately called names along with nevertrumpers. Grow up and learn to discuss issues without calling people playground names and use your God-given brain to think things through. If you ever listen to Mike Gallagher you know what a Trump lover is. He had a program the other day where he said that Trump’s tweets were now doing more harm than good. That’s what I was talking about.

Yeah, add to that…
The RNC will not back anyone they don’t like.
That would include Trump and Moore.
They have 45 Million they are going to spend on themselves.

    inspectorudy in reply to snowshooze. | December 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    If you were in Trump’s shoes and knew what the upcoming midterms meant to your agenda, would call most of the R’s idiots or weaklings? Would you insult them at every turn? Do you understand that he has to have both Houses to get anything done? Do you suppose he knows that? Would you like it if your boss chewed you out in front of all the other employees? This is the way they feel towards Trump. It is a very poor leadership technique and if you are honest you will admit it. It may work in business but it isn’t going to work on people who are elected and who answer to their constituents, not the president.

      tom_swift in reply to inspectorudy. | December 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      It is a very poor leadership technique and if you are honest you will admit it.

      And if you’re smart, you’ll admit that it’s brilliant.

      Most courses any President can follow have been generally traveled over the past two centuries; they’re well-known, well understood, and entirely expected. Both parties know perfectly well how to handle and dominate a President who confines himself to any of the well-worn paths. Trump has found a new angle, and he’s exploiting it; his opponents—on both sides—are entirely baffled. And since The Swamp lies on both sides, this is no bad thing.

      As for the R’s, they could use a good insulting, and the more often, the better. Persuasion and geniality obviously won’t work. These guys have to be goaded off their fat comfortable asses, and any tool (short of assassination, blackmail, or similar illegal skullduggery, of course) should be available to anyone trying to actually do anything useful in Washington.

        OleDirtyBarrister in reply to tom_swift. | December 28, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        Tom Swift: Trump would be better off calling the Repubs in weekly and raising hell in their face, remind them that he won an election over all the persons that had held office before, and start a Super PAC with his own money and show them what their primaries will be like if they do not get in line. If the Repubs will not come to him, he should go to them and raise hell in their offices.

        inspectorudy in reply to tom_swift. | December 28, 2017 at 8:40 pm

        Like I said, this site is becoming like Breitbart. Trump is Jesus and can do no wrong. Every stupid tweet that insults someone is great huh? Every tweet that demeans the man sending is great huh? If you are a grown man and cannot tell the difference between schoolyard stupidity and grown man talk then I can see the reason for the love affair between you two.

Sadly, I don’t think this matters anymore.

The real $$ in politics is in PACs now. D’s don’t seem to have any trouble there.

Don’t have any trouble outspending us 10:1 in special elections either.

The dems seemed to manage in VA, NJ, and AL. Somehow!!!