Sixty House Democratic candidates broke the $1 million mark in fundraising from July through September, a whopping total fueling the party’s campaign to retake the House in November.
Thirty of those candidates exceeded $2 million raised last quarter, while eight of them brought in more than $3 million over that period. Three of those $3 million candidates have already announced their third-quarter fundraising: Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot who’s challenging Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.); Josh Harder, a venture capitalist challenging Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.); and Andrew Janz, an attorney running against Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Lujan previewed the fundraising numbers at a Bloomberg breakfast event with reporters on Thursday, calling the Democrats’ numbers “unprecedented.”
“The fundraising success we’re seeing with our candidates – especially with the unlimited amounts of money coming from the outside – puts them in the strongest places they can [be in] as we put our entire strategy together to make sure they can win these seats across the country,” Lujan told reporters.
In the third quarter of 2016, only 21 House candidates from both parties raised over $1 million — including the speaker of the House, six self-funders and another six incumbent Republicans. Only eight non-incumbent Democrats cleared the $1 million mark without self-funding at this point in the last election.
House Democrats’ widespread fundraising success reflects a super-charged base in 2018, which has sent a flood of donations from big and small donors alike to candidates across the country. ActBlue, a Democratic fundraising platform, raised $100 million for candidates and organizations in August, the group’s largest one-month total ever.
The gush of online money also allowed Democrats to jump on the TV airwaves in August, allowing some to define themselves ahead of a deluge of Republican outside spending. In a number of districts, Democrats are matching or outspending their Republican counterparts.
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