Vulnerable House Republicans maintain fundraising edge in Q2
As key House races begin to take shape, Republicans in competitive districts continue to raise more in individual contributions than their Democratic counterparts.
Why it matters: Some of the top GOP fundraisers are in districts President Biden carried in 2020 — which Democrats see as key to winning back the majority.
By the numbers: Of the top 10 Q2 fundraisers in districts rated by Cook Political Report as toss-up or leaning toward one party, seven are Republicans — six of whom are in Biden districts.
- Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Calif.) led the pack, raising $763,000 between April and June.
- The top Democratic fundraisers were Reps. Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez (D-Wash.) and Pat Ryan (D-N.Y.), with each bringing in over $600,000.
- Seven of the lowest figures came from Democrats, though indicted Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) brought in the least with a reported $162,000.
On average, Democrats brought in roughly $450,000, while Republicans raised $560,000.
- Democrats increased their fundraising hauls last quarter by an average of $56,000, compared to $59,000 for Republicans.
Between the lines: These figures only take into account individual contributions, excluding transfers from other campaign committees.
- House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) joint fundraising committee, Protect The House 2024, topped off many of his vulnerable incumbents with transfers of between $100,000 to $225,000 — just as they did last quarter.
- Even without those transfers last time, however, Republicans still dominated fundraising.
The big picture: The news was rosier for Democrats on the national level.
- House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) brought in $29 million, according to Punchbowl News — $7.3 million more than McCarthy.
- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brought in about $29 million as well, compared to $26 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee.