The Democratic National Committee (DNC) hauled in $8.5 million in June, the same month it held its first presidential primary debates and $1.7 million more than it raised the previous month.
New Federal Election Commission disclosures show that the DNC spend $7.5 million last month and finished June with about $9.3 million cash on hand.
However, the most recent filings suggest the DNC likely lagging behind its Republican counterpart – the Republican National Committee has not yet disclosed its June fundraising figures but ended May with $37 million cash on hand.
Of its expenses, the DNC spent heavily on setting up events, doling out $221,000 on catering, $106,000 on “event production & site rentals,” $61,000 on “event decorations,” $50,000 on expenses marked as “event consulting” and $19,000 on security.
The filing did not specify which expenses were designated specifically for the two-day debate in Miami late last month, which showcased 20 candidates competing for the party’s nomination to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE next year.
The DNC got substantial contributions from several of its higher-profile donors, including $319,500 from hedge fund manager James Simons and $100,000 from former Obama administration Commerce Secretary Penny PritzkerPenny Sue PritzkerThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Biden’s new campaign ad features Obama speech praising him Obama Commerce secretary backs Biden’s 2020 bid MORE.
However, the DNC’s fundraising gap with the RNC compounds on existing disadvantages it already faces, as the GOP is able to focus solely on supporting Trump’s reelection efforts while Democrats are still embroiled in a 25-candidate primary battle.
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