House Democratic campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in February

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the body charged with electing Democrats to the House of Representatives, outraised its GOP counterpart in February. 

New filings with the Federal Election Commission showed the DCCC hauled in over $17 million last month and finished February with roughly $72.5 million cash on hand.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised over $15 million in that same time period and finished the month with $45.1 million in the bank.

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When asked about the margin over the GOP committee, a DCCC spokesperson declined to comment, citing the seriousness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Democrats flipped the House in 2018 and are eager to build on their majority in this year’s elections, though they are defending several members in swing districts.

Republicans will need to net 20 seats in 2020 to recapture control of the House, though they too are guarding a handful of competitive seats.

Republicans had openly hoped that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), a self-described democratic socialist, would emerge as the Democratic presidential nominee so they can paint down-ballot Democrats as too far left, though former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, a centrist, has opened up a substantial delegate lead in the primary race, allaying concerns of some moderate members.

The DCCC has consistently brought in more money than its GOP counterpart, raising alarms among Republicans that they are ceding the battle for control of the House.

“Our members need to get their act together and raise more money,” NRCC Chairman Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerHouse Republicans voice optimism on winning back the House following special election victories GOP pulls support from California House candidate over ‘unacceptable’ social media posts Trump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans MORE (R-Minn.) said in January.

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