DSCC Raises $3.8 Million in February, With Digital Boost

The committee sees successful grassroots digital campaign

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., is the DSCC chairman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., is the DSCC chairman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted March 20, 2017 at 5:36pm

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $3.8 million in the month of February, according to figures provided first to Roll Call.

The committee noted February was particularly successful month for email and online donations. The DSCC currently has $7.7 million in cash on hand.

“Our voices are more important now than ever before and Democratic Senators are leading the fight against dangerous policies — like the Republican health plan that would leave millions of Americans paying more for less care while insurance companies get a tax cut,” DSCC Executive Director Mindy Myers said in a statement.

February saw some contentious confirmation battles in the Senate, with Democrats waging all-night talk-a-thons on the floor in opposition to some of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. One standoff that garnered national attention involved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., invoking the Senate rules, silencing Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during the debate over now Attorney General Jeff Sessions′ nomination.

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The Republicans have previously released their totals, which surpassed the Democrats’ fundraising in February. The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $5.1 million in February, which the committee touted as its most successful “start of cycle” fundraising in 16 years. The NRSC had $10.2 million in cash-on-hand in February.

Senate Democrats face a tough map in 2018, defending 25 seats compared to Republicans’ nine. Ten Senate Democrats are running for re-election in states that President Donald Trump won in November.

Republicans out-raised Democrats in February, but monthly campaign committee fundraising totals are not necessarily indicators of which party will be victorious on Election Day.