Top Democrats are pushing their members to donate more money to the official campaign arm of the party to combat the large fundraising advantage held by GOP-aligned groups ahead of Election Day.
The Republican National Congressional Committee, the House GOP’s main campaign arm, started October with $92.3 million available, compared to just $59.2 million for the Democrats.
This advantage, combined with a recent Fox News Poll Showing Republicans have passed Democrats on the generic Congressional ballot among likely voters, Democrats are scrambling for more money.
This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urged members to pay their dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Hoyer, D-Md., sent a letter to house democrats Thursday urging members of safe Democratic districts to pony up or risk losing the House.
“Having traveled to fifty-seven districts in twenty-six states so far this election cycle, I have witnessed the determination and energy of our frontline incumbents and our red to blue candidates,” Hoyer wrote in the letter, a copy of which was reviewed by Fox News Digital. “They can win, but only if they have the resources to do so.”
Pelosi, D-California, is try to encourage members to do their part by pledging to match all dues paid to the DCCC throughout the month of October. The speaker has already raised nearly $37.8 million this cycle for Democrats through her campaign and PAC leadership. An additional $22.2 million was raised through a joint fundraising committee to benefit Pelosi and the DCCC.
But Democrats’ money doesn’t go far enough in this cycle. Democrats are struggling to protect a slender five-seat majority amid 40-year high inflation and a low jobs approval rating for President Biden.
“Even a slight Democratic advantage in the wildcard ballot is still likely to yield modest Republican House seat gains,” said Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducted the Fox News poll with Democrat Chris Anderson. “These results indicate a close battle for control of the lower house, but there is still a month to go, and a late break one way or the other could have a major impact.”
While the DCCC has raised more money than the NRCC in the past three months, groups outside the GOP are ahead overall.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, the chief super PAC working to unseat the House of Republicans, raised $73 million between July and the end of September. CLF’s sum, which brings the group’s total to $220 million for this round, was significantly higher than the $55 million raised by its Democratic counterpart, House Majority PAC.
CLF is not sitting on the money. The super PAC has invested $200 million to boost Republican candidates and attack Democrats. Its most recent ad campaign is spread across 16 congressional districts and includes $4 million against DCCC Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in New York.
“The palpable energy we’ve seen all cycle behind the fight for a new majority is only intensifying down the stretch,” said super PAC chairman Dan Conston.
Democrats are hoping they can close the fundraising gap and undermine a GOP surge in November by getting the incumbents of the Safe House seats to stand up.
“If, for example, all of our non-frontline members contributed 10% of their cash on hand, that would represent almost an additional $23 million that we could use to protect and expand our majority,” wrote Hoyer, who transfers 100 000 dollars to the DCCC as a sign of support.