The House Democratic primary campaign raised $56.5 million from July through the end of September, according to data first shared with CBS News.
Their total means the committee has raised more than their Republican counterparts over the same period, as the party in control of the House faces massive super PAC spending and historic headwinds in November’s midterm elections.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $27.5 million in September, with $14 million of that coming from “citizen funding,” or donations of $200 or less. They raised $10.5 million more in the month than their counterparts in the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which raised $16.9 million in September.
The committee attributes their numbers to energy from Democratic voters after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade the topic of access to abortion front and center in these middle years.
Democrats swept or won in several special elections after the Dobbs decision, including holds New York’s 19th Districtwhich Mr. Biden won by just one point in 2020. They also pivoted Alaska Seat at-Largepreviously held by the late Republican Rep. Don Young.
In a statement, DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney thanked House members, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden for their “hard work… [they] they ensure that Democrats can continue to fight for American families.”
Mr. Biden held a fundraiser for the DCCC in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
“While House Republicans seek to ‘moderate’ their extreme MAGA, out-of-reach candidates, House Democrats are taking nothing for granted as we continue our fight to lower prices, restore Roe’s guarantee of reproductive freedom, and protect our democracy from those who he seeks to overthrow her in his own selfish pursuit of power,” Maloney said in a statement.
The NRCC raised $42.3 million from July through the end of September, $14 million less than the DCCC for the quarter.
NRCC said it raised $257.4 million this cycle and has $92.3 million in cash. Their cash count is nearly $40 million higher than what they had at this point in the 2020 cycle, when the House of Representatives beat expectations and turned 15 seats.
The DCCC has raised more than $295 million this cycle, according to a CBS News analysis of campaign finance reports. The DCCC did not say how much cash it had on hand at the time of publication.
NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer said “our candidates will have the resources they need to prosecute the case against the Democrats’ failed agenda.”
The advantage House Democrats have with their caucuses is unlike the main House super PACs for both parties.
The Republican-backed Congressional Leadership Fund announced Wednesday that it brought in $73 million from July through the end of September and has $114 million in cash. They also said they set a record for raising $295 million over the entire cycle. That number is combined with that raised by their advocacy group, the American Action Network.
The House Democrats’ PAC raised $55 million from July through the end of September and $134 million over the cycle, $86 million less than the Congressional Leadership Fund brought in.
“We’re continuing to break records this cycle because there’s a palpable enthusiasm for electing a Republican majority and ending one-party rule by Democrats,” said CLF President Dan Conston, who added that they’ve put themselves “in an excellent position … plans to help win a majority in the House .”
House Republicans need a net gain of just five seats to flip the House to a total of 218. CBS News’ latest battleground tracking of House races projects Republicans to pick up 223 seats in November, compared to 212 for Democrats. That estimate gradually narrowed for House Republicans, who were expected to win 230 seats in July and 226 seats in August.
But Republican strategists and groups are confident that the political environment with one month remaining is still favorable — and that they are spending adequately on ads in that domestic environment.
Two GOP-affiliated PACs, the Congressional Leadership Fund and the American Action Network, had a combined $190 million in TV ad bookings by the end of the year, while the House Majority PAC and its nonprofit, House Majority Forward, spent a combined $135 million. , according to data from advertising tracking company AdImpact.
Meanwhile, the DCCC spent $88.3 million on ads, in addition to coordinated buys with several of its most vulnerable members. More than $9.7 million was spent in Las Vegas, a market that reaches several target incumbents, and more than $3.75 million in Maine’s 2nd District, represented by Democratic Rep. Jared Golden. The group also spent $5.1 million in Michigan’s 7th District, represented by Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin, and over $3.7 million in California’s 22nd District, where Democrats are trying to upset Republican Rep. David Valadao.
By comparison, the NRCC spent $91.2 million on ads throughout the year, excluding coordinated campaign buys. They spent over $6.75 million in the Los Angeles market, which covers vulnerable Republican incumbents Mike Garcia, Young Kim and Michelle Steel, as well as Democratic Rep. Katie Porter. They also spent at least $5 million on ads in four districts, according to AdImpact: Michigan’s 7th District (Slotkin), California’s 22nd District (Valadao), Virginia’s 7th District (D-Rep. Abigail Spanberger) and Maine’s 2nd District (Golden).