House Democrats Raise Respectable Campaign Funds, But to What End?
With the race for Senate majority heating up and issues highlighted in the face of upcoming elections, the House of Representatives has its own race to prepare for — and the GOP is looking at a steady stream of funding while Democrats look fiscally prepared for a battle. The House Republican Campaign Committee for its part has pulled in $31.2 million to put towards retaining the Republican majority in the House, even as others work to snatch the Senate during the famously difficult midterm election. It collected nearly $10 million in March alone, and $15.1 million of that from its yearly March dinner, the largest amount yet. “This outstanding fundraising effort will enable the NRCC to stay on offense against House Democrats who continue to support the failed policies and leadership of Nancy Pelosi. We’ve never had such enthusiasm from our donors from all around the country,” said Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.) of the dinner back in March, to Politico.
The total collection balance so far has the GOP pulling ahead of 2012′s fundraising height by $8 million, according to The Associated Press. But what is perhaps more impressive is that House Democrats for their part have a respectable $40 million prepared to back their half of the fight. Of that $40 million, $10.3 million was raised in March, a lead in party directed campaign committee earnings — not examining funding stemming from Super PACs.
“Our incredible grassroots supporters are shattering records as they fight against this Republican Congress’ agenda that stacks the deck for special interests at the expense of the middle class,” said the Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward, according to The Associated Press. The funding heights reached by Democrats are made more impressive by the by now engrained doubt that they could score a majority for their party in this election. While debate is stilling going back and forth on chances for Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, Democrats are admittedly being given progressively worse chances, but still decent compared to their outlook in the House. Jennifer Duffy, senior editor at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, for example, put her projection for the Senate Race increasing from 25 percent chance of Republicans taking the Senate majority to a 50 percent chance, according to Bloomberg. For the House, on the other hand, instead of titles hinting at an outcome you get ones like The Washington Post’s last week: “How big could the GOP House majority get,” in which it broke down its forecasting model, and reported that there is a 39 percent chance that, “Republicans control as many or more seats as they controlled after the 2010 election” at 242 seats, and a 24 percent chance even that it could reach or surpass the 246 seats that Republicans held in 1946.
Cited by The Washington Post, as well as most other predictions was President Barack Obama’s poor approval ratings — not unusual for a president in the term he’s in at present, but still quite low. Further hurting at least those in the Senate is the delay on the Keystone XL Pipeline decision, which many were counting on in oil industry states.
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