Despite big money being raised by the Koch brothers and other big business to prop up the crumbling GOP and their candidates, Democrats are raising more money for campaigning thanks to small online donating.
Yes, the little guys are raising more money than the fat cats.
According to Politico, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has raised $75.8 million in the last year with $29 million still on hand going into 2014’s congressional elections. That is higher than the $60.6 million raised by the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC). House Republicans have only $21 million of that money left as well — $8 million less than the Democrats. So much for being the party of fiscal responsibility.
“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.
Scott Bland, a writer for the National Journal, said:
[box type=”shadow”]The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $19.4 million online in 2013, twice what the committee raised through the Internet in 2011. That puts the DCCC in position this year to smash the record $49.3 million it raised online for the 2012 elections and continue a rare trend: Despite being in the minority, House Democrats have out-raised Republicans since 2011.[/box]
Patrick Ruffini, a GOP fundraising strategist said, “A lot of the tactics that got brought to light in the Obama campaign in 2012, you could see in DCCC fundraising years before. The kind of practices the DCCC has been doing really reminds me of Republican direct mail,” Ruffini said. “I always marvel at this machine the RNC had, and a lot of Republican organizations had, in terms of direct mail. It just worked; you start it up and it runs.”