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Sunday, October 22, 2017

DNC Reeling Financially After Brutal 2016

The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that's proving a much bigger challenge than anyone expected.


Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively in next year’s midterms and in the run-up to 2020.

 The financial challenges reflect a broader struggle at a committee led by a chairman who is new to party politics — and on a steep learning curve at a time when national Democrats are still searching for an identity after a historic loss. 

And it's not just donors who are staying away.


The party's old leaders, led by former President Barack Obama, have kept their involvement to a minimum as well. So with 2018's midterms presenting a clear opportunity for Democrats to leap forward, the worry is that they simply may not be prepared in time. 

While the House and Senate Democratic campaign arms — and individual candidates — are having no problem raising funds, the comparatively anemic cash flow at the central committee and state branches could affect organizing efforts on the ground across the country.