The DNC has been struggling for months with record shortfalls in monthly fundraising. But now things are getting very serious because they’re cash poor at a time when people are already thinking about the 2018 midterms.
DNC enters 2018 in cash panic
The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that’s proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises.
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.
Here in the halls of Bally’s hotel and casino for the DNC’s fall meeting through the weekend, state committee chairs and operatives echoed a now-common concern among donors and strategists: The DNC’s recovery is still a ways away, and that could have serious repercussions for the party in the coming years.
“Donors, small and large, are so over the party,” said Nebraska party chair Jane Kleeb, summing up the problem facing DNC chairman Tom Perez and his counterparts in the states.
This is going to be a big problem for the left in 2018 and beyond. There’s still too much division among Democrats. No one is giving money and everyone is still angry.