House Democrats’ super PAC raises $3 million
July 8, 2013
The Democratic super PAC working to elect House Democrats raised just north of $3 million in the first six months of 2013, the group announced Monday.
In its fundraising report soon to be filed with the Federal Election Commission, the House Majority PAC will show that it doubled its 2011 fundraising pace, as Democratic donors grow increasingly comfortable giving to outside efforts.
“House Majority PAC has a cycle under its belt and has demonstrated to donors and potential donors how effectively and efficiently we operate,” PAC communications director Andy Stone told POLITICO.
The group raised about $3 million in all of 2011 — the last off-year cycle it competed in.
Ultimately, the group would go on to spend nearly $30 million against 52 Republican candidates during the 2012 cycle. The group boasts a 63 percent win rate.
More recently, House Majority spent a significant amount — more than $440,000 — to boost Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s unsuccessful bid for a House seat in South Carolina against former Gov. Mark Sanford. Busch was boosted by a flood of Democratic outside money that couldn’t put her over the top against Sanford in a conservative district.
In previous cycles, Democratic outside groups have been significantly outspent by their Republican counterparts — but Democrats have narrowed the gap recently as operatives and fundraisers have convinced high dollar Democratic donors to bankroll their outside efforts.