DNC raises just $3.8 million in July. Is it a "crisis"?
Democrats should be worried?
The DNC reached its lowest fundraising total in a decade last month, raising just 3.8 million. But fundraising is hardly depressed on both sides: the RNC raised $10.2 million in the same period. A look at the GOP advantage in cash on hand is starker still, with $47.1 million in reserves compared to a paltry $6.9 million for Democrats. The sobering numbers - which, on the surface, may seem to challenge assumptions about a Democratic blow out in 2018 - have led some to declare it a "looming crisis."
A look at the numbers behind the "crisis":
There's no doubt the DNC is struggling:
Bernie Sanders's presidential candidacy mobilized many Democratic voters, but emails revealed that the DNC favored Clinton in the general election, leading to accusations that the committee "rigged" the election in favor of Clinton.
"On the House side, both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee each raised about $60 million in the first six months of 2017.
"Comparing Senate candidates is more difficult, since many more Democratic incumbents than Republicans find themselves in difficult reelection fights. But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Senatorial Campaign by a slim $700,000 margin
President Trump, who has made little effort to reach outside his base, remains a bright spot for Republicans: In just the first six-months of 2017, the RNC raised more than it has in an entire year since 2008.
"You've gotta give people something to be for," said Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist.