House Democrats might be staring down the barrel of a Republican wave, but that has not affected their fundraising, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraising the National Republican Congressional Committee by more than $3 million in April.
The DCCC raised $12 million last month, an April record for the House Democratic campaign arm, and entered May with $115 million to spend on the midterm elections and zero debt. To compare, the NRCC hauled in $8.7 million in April and reported cash on hand of $96.5 million.
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With Republicans enjoying strong political tailwinds amid President Joe Biden’s low job approval ratings, House Democrats are going to need every penny of that nearly $20 million cash advantage to defend their slim, five-seat majority and keep losses at a minimum.
“President Biden, Speaker [Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)], and House Democrats are fighting tooth and nail to deliver on an agenda that tackles the challenges Americans are facing,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, the DCCC's chairman, said in a statement.
Maloney’s leadership of the DCCC has come under fire in some Democratic circles because the chairman threatened a fellow New York Democrat, Rep. Mondaire Jones, in a neighboring district. Jones is moving from his current Westchester County district south to run for a New York City seat, averting a member-on-member Democratic primary against Maloney.
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Maloney made the move after the initial redistricting map, approved by the Democratic-controlled New York Legislature, was thrown out by a court and a special master drew new boundaries that scrambled districts for several of the state’s incumbent congressional Democrats.