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Democrats Outraise House Republicans in 2013

By Drew MacKenzie   |   Friday, 14 Feb 2014 01:57 PM

House Democrats have pulled in the big bucks while easily outdrawing the Republican Party in fundraising efforts throughout last year.

Roll Call compared the financial records for two House campaign committees, the Senate campaign committees and the national party committees — and found that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee came out on top while the Democratic National Committee took a beating.

Chaired by New York Rep. Steve Israel, the DCCC raised almost $76 million last year with more than $29 million still left in reserve — an incredible number considering that Democrats have virtually no chance of regaining control of the House in the midterm elections.

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The National Republican Congressional Committee also performed admirably, although it still lagged behind its Democratic rival. The NRCC raised $60.5 million in 2013, and still had $21 million in the bank at the end of the year.

The results came out as it was revealed that President Barack has committed to at least 18 fundraisers for Democratic candidates and committees this year as he turns his talents to keeping his party's fundraising edge over the GOP while facing an onslaught over his failed Obamacare rollout.

The DCCC haul in 2013 was greater than in previous midterm years, having raised $61.4 million in 2011, $55.6 million in 2009, and $67.9 million in 2007.

The NRCC also fared better in 2013 than the year-end figures for those same midterm years.

According to Roll Call, House Democratic advisers believe that the DCCC had a big year because of its online fundraising drive, collecting $19.4 million out of a total donation of $28.7 million from donors giving less than $200 last year.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $52.6 million compared to the $36.7 million collected by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been viewed as a disappointing number considering there is a good chance that the GOP will overhaul the Democratic majority of 55-45 in the Senate.

However, both parties ended up with around $8 million in reserve at the end of the year.

But the Republican National Committee can boast that it hammered the Democratic National Committee in last year's fundraising efforts, which Roll Call columnist Stu Rothenberg called "a stunning fact given the Democrats' control of the White House."

The RNC gathered $80.5 million in 2013 compared to the $64.7 million taken in by DNC. However, the RNC fared poorly when compared to the $91 million it raised in 2009 midterm while the DNC was also well off the $83.7 million it collected in 2009, the last post-presidential year.

Still, the cash reserves for the RNC was $9.1 million debt-free while the DNC had $4.7 million in the bank with a huge debt of $15.6 million.

"It is hard to escape the conclusion that the blame for the DNC's weak fundraising rests with … the White House [and, obviously, the president)," said Rothenberg.

He added that DNC press secretary Mike Czin told him that party "went into debt to ensure that the president and Democrats up and down the ballot had the resources they needed to win."

Obama, who is under siege with extremely low approval ratings, is stepping up his fundraising drive to support embattled Democrats facing the public's wrath over his signature healthcare policy.

Rep. Israel announced on Thursday that Obama will appear at six fundraisers for the DCCC to support House candidates in the next few weeks, starting March 20 in Miami at the home of former National Basketball Association star Alonzo Mourning.

He will also attend six fundraisers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to Democrats, and he's also scheduled for three Democratic National Committee fundraisers, a DNC official said, according to Politico.

Obama will also host an event for the Democratic Governors Association as well as at least one fundraiser each for the House Majority PAC and the Senate Majority PAC.

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