Over the past eight months, activists have done a remarkable job of pressuring Congress and corporations to block President Trump’s destructive agenda. As a result, the much ballyhooed repeal of Obamacare imploded, Trump’s economic councils folded, and Republicans have yet to achieve a single legislative accomplishment this year.
And yet, with this Congress’ eagerness to appease their party’s leader, the only thing that will truly keep Trump in check is a Democratic Congress. Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced a record-breaking milestone to that end.
Today, the DCCC announced that in the first half of the year, the committee raised $30 million online to support Democratic candidates in 2018. The unprecedented haul eclipses (pun intended) the total 2015 haul of $19.7 million, with months to go.
“The fact that we’re smashing through online fundraising records is a reflection of the groundswell of early support and energy behind House Democrats with the House in play in 2018,” DCCC spokesman Tyler Law said in a statement.
The DCCC’s July take of $6.3 million is nearly twice that of their counterparts on the other side of the aisle, the National Republican Congressional Committee, which raised $3.8 million.
The news comes at the end of a summer in which a series of polls shows Democrats leading Republicans by seven to ten points in generic ballots. Even with tea party gerrymandering designed to make it impossible for Democrats to control the House for a decade, Trump’s toxicity has made a banner 2018 a real possibility.
We are still a long way from November 6, 2018, and Democratic control of the House depends on a concerted effort from all of us. With the stakes no less than the restoration of checks and balances on President Trump, nothing could be more important.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com