The Republican National Committee once again surpassed the Democratic National Committee in fundraising, pulling in $15.9 million in April, new campaign finance disclosures reveal. The DNC, by contrast, only raised $6.6 million.
The fundraising haul brought the RNC’s war chest to $34.7 million cash on hand, while the DNC ended the month with only $7.6 million cash on hand.
Not only Republicans are beating Democrats in total fundraising, the majority of donations to the RNC came from small donors who donated up to $200. According to the disclosures, nearly $9 million in donations came from such donors, while just over $4 million were from large donors. The rest of the fund came via other forms of contributions.
On the Democratic side, the ratio between small donors and big donors is somewhat equal, though big donors in total contributed slightly more, with the figure being $3,084,136. Small donors donated $3,065,795.
The small donations difference is particularly upsetting to the DNC as the party long had a competitive edge due to the massive fundraising tool ActBlue, while Republicans, who don’t have such comparable technology, have been worried in the past about not connecting with the grassroots donors. (FoxNews.com)
Some of the GOP’s top donors include financier John Childs, casino mogul Steve Wynn, and Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein. Childs and Wynn are both caught up in controversies but deny wrongdoing, Politico reports. The DNC’s big-ticket donors include Silicon Valley philanthropist Karla Jurvetson, financier Bernard Schwartz, and Zumiez chairman Thomas Campion.