The Democratic Party organization said Monday that it raised more than $100 million in 2017, a record total for a non-election year.
With $9.5 million in December receipts, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brought its total for the year to $105.4 million. In 2015, the last comparable year, the DCCC raised $68.2 million.
The DCCC’s fundraising outstripped its Republican counterpart each month from May through December, ending the year ahead by about $20 million. The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $85 million for the year, according to figures shared with the Washington Examiner earlier this month.
However, the NRCC maintains a significant advantage in cash on hand, with $43.6 million in its coffers at year’s end vs. $38.9 million for the DCCC.
There are other indications that Republican candidates will not lack for resources: The party’s largest super PAC devoted to House races, the Congressional Leadership Fund, said this month that it raised $26 million in 2017 and had $15 million cash on hand. The leading Democratic House super PAC, House Majority PAC, has not yet reported its year-end fundraising totals but had raised $3.2 million as of July.
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