Pelosi brings in $26 mil­lion for 2018 elec­tions

Demo­cratic leader’s fundrais­ing gives party a boost in ef­forts to re­take the House.

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - SARAH D. WIRE sarah.wire@la­times.com

WASH­ING­TON — House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi’s re­elec­tion cam­paign says she has raised $25.9 mil­lion for House Democrats’ bid to re­take the cham­ber in 2018, with most go­ing to the Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee.

Long known as a fundrais­ing pow­er­house, San Francisco’s Pelosi has seemed in­vig­o­rated in the role of op­pos­ing Pres­i­dent Trump.

Since join­ing the House lead­er­ship in 2002, she has raised $593.8 mil­lion for Democrats, says spokesman Jorge Aguilar. She has held 124 fundrais­ing events in 22 cities this year, rais­ing $1.2 mil­lion at a New York City event in March, and in April rais­ing nearly $2 mil­lion at an event in San Francisco and $1.5 mil­lion at a Los Angeles fundraiser.

Aguilar said the haul “demon­strates the grow­ing en­thu­si­asm for ... Democrats to re­take the House.”

Pelosi has at­tracted a hand­ful of chal­lengers for 2018, though none has raised more than $50,000. They in­clude fel­low Demo­crat Stephen R. Jaffe, who sup­ported Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders for pres­i­dent and has crit­i­cized Pelosi for rais­ing money from cor­po­ra­tions and spe­cial in­ter­ests.

Pelosi was re­elected in 2016 with 80% of the vote.

Drew An­gerer Getty Images

HOUSE MI­NOR­ITY Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco has held 124 fundrais­ers al­ready this year.

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