The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $11.2 million in April, exceeding its monthly fundraising total at the same point last cycle.
Nearly $3.1 million of the April haul came from online donations, with an average donation of $16, according to figures provided first to Roll Call. The $11.2 million total surpassed the $8.5 million the campaign arm of the House Democrats raised in April 2016.
“The DCCC’s historic grassroots fundraising combined with incredible candidate fundraising will ensure that Democratic candidates have the resources to share their records of service with the voters who will determine control of the House,” DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján said in a statement. The New Mexico Democrat said he still expected his party to be outspent by Republican outside groups.
While monthly fundraising totals by campaign committees do not necessarily signal which party will win on Election Day, Democrats see the massive cash intake as a sign that grass-roots energy is on their side heading into November. The committee noted that so far the DCCC has received more than 3.2 million individual donations under $200 through online and “direct marketing.”
The committee has raised nearly $151 million so far this election cycle. At this point in 2016, it had raised nearly $101 million. The DCCC also reported nearly $62 million in cash on hand in April.
A National Republican Congressional Committee spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the group’s April fundraising report.
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