The House Democratic campaign arm announced Monday it enjoyed its best August fundraising ever for the year before the election, raking in over $6.6 million in small contributions from 250,000 grassroots donors in August for a total haul of $10 million. This took place amid Biden’s falling approval ratings on the heels of the much-criticized U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. House Democrats are clinging to a five-seat majority, with Republicans placed for a takeover.
“Our grassroots support is proof positive the American people believe in protecting a woman's right to make choices about her own body, defending our democracy from attacks by insurrectionists, and want to protect the health and economic progress Democrats delivered in the American Rescue Plan thanks to President Biden, House Democrats, and Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi’s leadership,” Rep. Sean Maloney of New York, the DCCC chairman, announced in a statement.
Maloney’s remarks seemed to reference the law passed in Texas that outlaws abortions after six weeks and makes it legal for someone residing anywhere in the nation to bring civil suits against those who aid in the premature ending of pregnancy after that threshold. The law holds no exceptions for rape and incest, although it does carve out allowances for abortion if the life of the mother is at risk.
The DCCC chairman further seems to touch on the special select committee Pelosi formed to investigate the ransacking of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by grassroots followers of former President Donald Trump. The commission was rejected by Republicans.
The committee’s August fundraising, over $2.8 million more than it raised in August two years ago, pushed its cash on hand to $53.3 million, with no debt left over from the 2020 election cycle. The National Republican Congressional Committee further has been on a fundraising tear for the 2022 midterm elections, though the House GOP campaign arm’s August figures are not yet available.
Biden, who enjoyed approval numbers of more than 50% for the first six months of his presidency, is now stuck at 45.2% in the RealClearPolitics polling average. The party not in the White House typically makes big gains in midterm elections, particularly if voters have soured on the president’s leadership. In 2018, Democrats won the House majority in a 40-seat swing that amounted to a rebuke of Trump.