The Democratic National Committee now has the people in place, but the money has not followed, according to a new report on the fundraising struggles of the DNC.
As previously noted, the DNC has been sinking deeper into debt since the beginning of 2017, reporting a $3.3 million debt for June and raising only $5.5 million in additional funds the same month. The DNC raised a total of $38 million in the first six months of 2017.
In comparison, the Republican National Committee reported a record $13.4 million in additional funds received for the month of June, bringing its total income to $75.3 million so far for 2017. The RNC has reported no debt.
In March, the DNC elected Tom Perez as its new chairman and Congressman Keith Ellison as deputy chairman.
Since the new leadership took over in March, it has reported only $26.6 million in additional fundraising.
Minnesota’s Star Tribune reported Tuesday that Democratic Party leaders are “trying to strike the right balance between connecting with new voters and building on activist anger toward President Donald Trump.”
Ellison has reportedly attempted to help mobilize the party’s “Resistance Summer,” but a recent poll has discovered that only 37 percent of Americans believe the Democrat Party stands for something beyond opposing Trump.
That attitude is being reflected in the poor results in fundraising by the DNC, despite the fact that it has increased its fundraising staff from three people to almost 30.
Ellison told the Star Tribune that they just haven’t connected enough with the voters. “We just haven’t been in the community with people closely enough, we have not been present enough, we have not been at the door, at the meeting, at the rally, at the town hall,” he stated.
Meanwhile, fundraising for the Obama Foundation is skyrocketing, according to a recent report, as over eight donors have recently contributed at least one million dollars each.
Ellison got himself in hot water when he spoke at a Netroots conference recently and praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, saying he was “acting more responsibly than President Trump.” He later retracted that statement.
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