Democrat Party Faces Fundraising Crisis As “Doom and Gloom” Message Falls Flat in Trump-era
The Democrat Party in the Trump-era is in shambles. The Party is moving full speed ahead towards the 2018 midterms without a message, a destructive fixation on Russia and a looming fundrasing crisis. Today’s “doom and gloom” message isn’t working with voters.
NTK Network reports:
The reality is it’s the Democrats who are struggling to stay relevant. Politico published a story Thursday morning that noted Democrats have raised barely half of what Republicans have brought in this year:
Over the first six months of 2017, the Republican National Committee pulled in $75 million—nearly twice as much money as the Democratic National Committee, which raised $38 million. The predicament isn’t simply that there is a funding gap between the parties; it’s what kind of money they attract. Republicans have quietly taken a decisive edge over Democrats when it comes to small-dollar fundraising.
During that same six-month time span, the RNC raised $33 million in small contributions—money from people who donate $200 or less over an election cycle—while that same class of donors gave the DNC just $21 million.
Democrats are undergoing a fundraising crisis. But why? The answer is simple: while Democrats are focused on the “doom and gloom” of the Trump presidency, Republicans are offering a more positive message.
In the Trump era, the Democratic Party has sputtered along with fundraising appeals focused on scare tactics—understandable, but counterproductive. Meanwhile, Trump—a billionaire who is already president—is still winning grass-roots donors by offering his supporters an empowering message.
DNC Chair Tom Perez has thus far proven to be a lousy chairman and a worse fundraiser. If he can’t turn around the DNC’s failing fundraising operation with Trump in the White House, he might find himself looking for a new job soon.
Under the leadership of former Obama official Tom Perez, a new FEC report reveals the DNC finished the month of June $3.3 million in debt.
They’re broke. Just like their policies.
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Per the FEC:
1. DNC Services Corp./Dem. Nat’l Committee
430 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
2. FEC Committee ID #: C00010603
3. This committee HAS qualified as a multicandidate committee (see FEC Form 1M)
4. Report Type = JUL MONTHLY
5. Covering Period 06/01/2017 Through 06/30/2017
Year To Date
6. (a) Cash on hand, January 1, 2017 10507786.02 (b) Cash on hand at Beginning of Reporting Period 7694342.74 (c) Total Receipts (from line 19) 5500141.98 38171284.10 (d) Subtotal (6(b) + 6(c) for A, 6(a) + 6(c) for B) 13194484.72 48679070.12 7. Total Disbursements 5702049.38 41186634.78 8. Cash on Hand at Close of Reporting Period 7492435.34 7492435.34 9. Debts and Obligations Owed TO the Committee 0.00 Itemize all on SCHEDULE C or SCHEDULE D 10. Debts and Obligations Owed BY the Committee 3285691.55 Itemize all on SCHEDULE C or SCHEDULE D
Treasurer: William mmittee Derrough
Date Signed: 07/20/2017
The month of May wasn’t any better for the DNC, which reported $1.9 million in debt.
The Observer reported:
DNC Chair Tom Perez recently sent out a fundraising email to supporters claiming, “I know garbage when I see it,” citing that he once worked on a dump truck. It’s ironic that he referred to the GOP health care bill as a “flaming dumpster fire” because he has been presiding over the disaster that is the Democratic National Committee. The organization reported that May 2017 was its worst fundraising month since the Iraq War in 2003, and April 2017 was its worst fundraising month since 2009. In May, the DNC also reported that it has $1.9 million in debt. Despite the fact that former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was recruited by Barack Obama to appease the party’s donors, lobbyists and PACs, even they have refused to prop up the failing brand.
Not approving of the strategies laid out at a retreat for donors in January 2017, billionaires Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman started their own political organization, Win the Future. As donors are increasingly tired of seeing their investments go to waste, many have started their own funds or used their access to take over leadership positions themselves—such as Florida billionaire donor Stephen Bittel did to become the Florida Democratic Party chair earlier this year. Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker is running for governor of Illinois, and billionaire Tom Steyer is debating running for governor of California. Haim Saban and James Simons poured millions into Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but they have yet to be listed by the FEC as DNC donors in 2017. Additionally, George Soros has only given $33,900 to the DNC in 2017, but he poured millions of dollars into the Democratic Party in 2016.
In contrast, the RNC is on an amazing financial run, having raised a whopping $13.4 million in June.
According to The Hill:
The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised a record $13.4 million in June, bringing its total 2017 fundraising to $75.3 million.
In a release provided first to The Hill, the RNC announced another strong monthly haul and has $44.7 million in the bank. It’s the most the RNC has raised in June of a nonpresidential year.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel credited the record fundraising to the committee’s “loyal network of grassroots donors” due to their support for President Trump and the GOP’s agenda.
“Because of the generous contributions, the RNC will continue to promote conservative values while bolstering our efforts to support, defend, and elect more Republicans,” McDaniel said in a statement.