Campaign 2010

Jan 31, 2014

2013 Fundraising Results: DCCC Outraises NRCC by $15 Million

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) by $15 million in 2013 and starts the election year with an $8 million cash advantage, despite being in the minority. The Rothenberg Political Report recently called this financial advantage the DCCC’s "not so secret weapon," which the DCCC can use to expand the battlefield.

The DCCC raised $75.8 million in 2013 to the NRCC’s $60.6 million, and is ending the year with $29.3 million cash-on hand, while the NRCC will report only $21 million in the bank. The DCCC also has $18 million more in the bank than at this point in the 2012 cycle – an unprecedented amount.

"Our substantial fundraising lead is the result of one major dynamic: Americans are ready to replace this broken Republican Congress with leaders who have the right priorities and who will focus on solving problems," said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel.  "Every time House Republicans try to cut seniors’ benefits or shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act or restrict women’s health access or stack the deck in favor of special interests instead of the middle class, our supporters step up. With this Republican Congress, there are plenty of opportunities, and our supporters are sending a loud message: it’s time for Congress to stand on the side of middle class Americans."

Of the DCCC’s cash advantage, Rothenberg wrote: "The DCCC could use a $10 million to $20 million cash advantage in at least a couple different ways. The party could spend $1 million or so, unmatched, in a dozen or so districts with inexpensive media markets, such as Ohio’s 6th District or Nebraska’s 2nd District. Or the party could significantly outspend the GOP in a few very competitive and expensive districts, such as New York’s 19th District, which overlaps with the New York City media market. When total spending between the parties is separated by thousands of dollars, it probably isn’t the deciding factor in a competitive race. But if one side is spending millions more, that’s another story."

The DCCC raised $5.6 million in December to close out the year, while the NRCC raised $4.2 million in December.

The DCCC fundraising success comes from:

  • Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi remains a significant fundraising force among grassroots and major donors and raised $35 million for the committee in 2013. [Politico, 1/9/14]
  • Both Leader Pelosi and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel are keeping up a record pace of fundraising across the country, with Chairman Israel surpassing former Chairman Rahm Emanuel’s fundraising record for the committee. [Roll Call, 1/13/14]
  • 88 percent of Democrats in the House have paid dues to the DCCC already for the cycle.
  • The DCCC has received more than 1 million donations from online donors, for $19.4 million – double the previous DCCC off-year record and more than any other party committee in an off-year.

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