House Democrats are bragging about their early substantial fundraising hauls during the first quarter of this year (2023) while highlighting information on how they achieved the phenomenal feat. The information gathered from records filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) confirmed that the substantial increase in the House Democrat campaign fund was largely due to huge contributions, and transfers of PAC leadership funds in addition to the raised membership dues. The FEC by the way, is the independent body tasked to administrate and enforce laws governing the raising and using of political campaign funds of the House of Representatives, The Senate, The Vice Presidency and The Presidency.
Yet many are not impressed with the increment because it places doubt over the ability of House Dems to raise funds outside of their own resources. Still, according to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), it’s common for the Democratic Party to raise membership dues every time there is a new leader.
Representative Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) who contributed $150K in the first quarter of 2021, doubled his contribution to $300K for this year’s first quarter. Massachusetts Rep. and Democratic Whip, Katherine Clark likewise doubled her contribution with a $500K check.
Gregory Meeks, a New York Democratic Rep. tripled his 2021 1st quarter contribution by giving a check for $150K.
Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) made transfers from his leadership PAC that totaled $7.5 million, more than the $6.2 million transferred by incumbent House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.