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'They're crushing us': Congressional Republicans bemoan fundraising gap

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To the extent that fundraising can be seen as a bellwether for voter enthusiasm, this story from Politico is both eye-opening and encouraging:

House Republican leaders privately conceded in a closed meeting Tuesday morning that they are in the midst of a full-blown fundraising crisis, which would imperil any chance they have at regaining their majority in 2020.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) put it bluntly: “They are kicking our ass,” he said, in a meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, the private GOP haunt around the corner from the Capitol, referring to Democrats.

Well, maybe if a venal, lightly caramelized Stay Puft Marshmallow Man weren’t the undisputed face of your party you’d do a little better.

But he is, Kevvy. He is.

According to Politico, the DCCC outraised its GOP counterpart, the NRCC, by $40 million in 2019, and individual Democrats are outraising Repubs at an “alarming rate.” This suggests that the Democrats’ 35-seat majority could expand come November.

“My intention today is to sound a loud alarm,” NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer of Minnesota said in the meeting. “We can't ignore the campaigns that need to get better with their individual fundraising. … They're crushing us,” Emmer said, referring to the DCCC.

Oh, but we can crush them so much harder.

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