Oct 4, 2018

8 Democratic House candidates raised over $3 million in one quarter

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

At a Bloomberg roundtable, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luján told reporters that eight Democratic House candidates have raised over $3 million since the end of June.

Why it matters: That is "unprecedented" for House races, Luján said — and it shows the enthusiasm among grassroots activists and donors who have been fueling Democratic campaigns across the country all cycle.

By the numbers: In the 3rd quarter (which spans from July 1 to Sept. 30), 82 Democratic candidates for the House raised over $500,000.

  • One level deeper: 74 raised over $750,000; 60 raised over $1 million; and 30 raised over $2 million.

This follows a trend we've seen throughout the 2018 midterm elections.

  • In the third quarter, there were over $385 million in small-dollar donations to Democratic candidates and progressive organizations through ActBlue, the online fundraising platform.
  • For comparison, donors gave $335 million through ActBlue in the entire 2014 midterms cycle.

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