The Republican National Committee continues to dominate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in fundraising. This is happening despite President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings and record donations for some liberal interest groups.
Back in June, the RNC raised $13.5 million and has $44.7 million on hand, compared to just $5.5 million for the DNC, which has $7.5 million on hand. The DNC also added $200,000 in debt in June to its now-$3.3 million total debt.
It’s unfortunate that the DNC has struggled to fundraise during the Trump administration, other liberal groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club and the Council on American-Islamic Relations have seen donations skyrocket.
A total of $80 million has been raised by the ACLU in online donations since the election, and 16 times as much in 2017 as they did in 2016. This includes raising $24 million in three days following the implementation of Trump’s travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries. Planned Parenthood has seen more than 700,000 new supporters and “unprecedented outpouring of support” since the election, according to the organization.
It turns out that the Democratic candidates are also overperforming in fundraising. Senate Democrats in competitive races outpaced GOP incumbents in similarly competitive races in the 2016 cycle, Politico reported. ActBlue, an online fundraising hub for Democratic candidates,raised $137.4 million in the second quarter, more than they had raised in the second quarter of 2016, an election year.
As it was earlier on pointed out by Michael Tyler, the DNC national press secretary, the DNC is still hoping to raise resources as we approach 2018. However, it evident that the DNC continues to have a hard time winning over donors.
That sets apart RNC from DNC as emphasized by GOP strategist, Evan Siegfried, who said that the RNC’s clear message and strategy was to support Trump and the Republican-majority Congress.
The Democrats clearly have a messaging problem, with 52 respondents in a recent Washington Post–ABC News poll saying the party just stands against Trump compared with 37 percent saying they believe the party stands for something. The Democrats have also won just one of five congressional special elections in 2017.
The former Labor Secretary Tom Perez narrowly defeated Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison in February in the closely contested race for DNC chair, which some saw as a continued proxy of the heated 2016 primary between Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Members of the Trump administration and RNC celebrated the news this week of the fundraising totals. The RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a statement that the RNC’s unparalleled fundraising success is due to its loyal network of grassroots donors all across America who support President Trump and his Republican agenda.