Oct 11, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Dem class of 2018's fundraising dominance

Elaine Luria

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.). Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At least 14 frontline House Democrats raised more than $1 million in the third quarter of 2022, all but three of whom were first elected in 2018, Axios has learned. Nearly half of those raised more than $2 million.

Why it matters: These members — elected on a wave of anti-Trump sentiment in 2018 — are among the Democrats most vulnerable to being unseated by Republican challengers in the Nov. 8 midterms.

  • Fundraising prowess was key to Democrats' wave election in 2018, when they netted 41 seats on their way to retaking control of the House.
  • With the cash-strapped national party having to make difficult choices to cut spending across the map, campaign-level fundraising could play a decisive role in these pivotal seats.

By the numbers

More than $2.8 million:

  • Rep. Elaine Luria (Va.-2)

More than $2 million:

  • Rep. Pat Ryan (N.Y.-19)
  • Rep. Kim Schrier (Wash.-8)
  • Rep. Elissa Slotkin (Mich.-7)
  • Rep. Sharice Davids (Kan.-3)
  • Rep. Abigail Spanberger  (Va.-7)

More than $1.5 million:

  • Rep. Susan Wild (Pa.-7)
  • Rep. Dan Kildee (Mich.-8)
  • Rep. Angie Craig (Minn.-2)
  • Rep. Tom Malinowski (N.J.-7)

More than $1 million:

  • Rep. Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.-2)
  • Rep. Mike Levin (Calif.-49)
  • Rep. Cindy Axne (Iowa-3)
  • Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-3)

Between the lines: As many as six House Democratic challengers raised more than $1.5 million in the third quarter, and another 11 raised more than $1 million, Axios reported last week.

Zoom in: Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), a member of the Jan. 6 select committee, brought in a whopping $2.85 million, more than any other frontline House Democrat so far.

The big picture: Democrats' national campaign apparatus is getting outpaced by Republicans in the fundraising arms race, leading some Democrats to sound the alarm about their party's capacity to fund a successful campaign.

What we're watching: The DCCC believes it needs at least another $20 million to hold the House and is asking the Democratic National Committee to double its previous $7.5 million donation, according to Punchbowl News.

  • That's not all the DCCC is asking for: The group sent a list of campaign requests for visits from President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Cabinet secretaries, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
  • The list was first reported by Punchbowl and confirmed to Axios by a DCCC official.
  • "We appreciate their support and of course welcome every investment we can get to defeat MAGA Republicans," the official told Axios.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to note that the list only applies to vulnerable House Democrats, as defined by the Cook Political Report.

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