THE MONEY WARS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Just 78 days from the first bal­lots be­ing avail­able in the 2018 midterms, and the Demo­cratic Party still finds it­self in em­bar­rass­ingly bad fi­nan­cial shape,” says Michael Ahrens, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions guru for the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

“Ac­count­ing for debt, the RNC’s war chest head­ing into the midterms is over 15 times that of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. Repub­li­cans have raised more money at this point in a midterm elec­tions cy­cle than any party com­mit­tee — ever,” Mr. Ahrens notes.

The GOP has just un­der $200 mil­lion in their war chest, has 500 paid cam­paign staffers in 27 states as the clock ticks to­ward Elec­tion Day and is com­mit­ted on drop­ping $250 mil­lion to “de­fend our ma­jori­ties,” Mr. Ahrens says.

The DNC has $101 mil­lion in the till. But wait, let’s be fair. In the re­ally big pic­ture, the com­bined amount of funds raised by the RNC, the Na­tional Repub­li­can Se­nate Com­mit­tee and Na­tional Repub­li­can Con­gres­sional Com­mit­tee is $390 mil­lion. The com­bined funds of the DNC, Demo­cratic Se­na­to­rial Cam­paign Com­mit­tee and Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee is $344 mil­lion.

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