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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Chairman:Steve Israel
Website:Official website
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is a national political organization. It supports campaigns of Democratic candidates for the U.S. House.[1]

The current chair is representative Steve Israel (D-NY).[2]

2014 elections

Jumpstart Program

The Jumpstart Program is designed to support promising recruits for battleground races. The effort was launched in May 2013 with eight candidates highlighted. In a memo sent to donors and supporters, DCCC Executive Director Kelly Ward said, "The newly-created Jumpstart program provides early financial, communications, operational and strategic support to help top-tier candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races."[3]

Nine more names were then added to the program in September 2013. The full list of candidates is displayed in the following table.[4]

Frontline Program

The Frontline Program is a partnership between the DCCC and members of congress designed to protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Members of the program are required to sign a memorandum that requires them to meet aggressive fundraising goals, accelerate volunteer and recruitment efforts, and increase their online networking.[5]

DCCC chairman Steve Israel said the following about the Frontline Program, "We call this program Frontline for a reason – these Members are on the vanguard of protecting and expanding the middle class. While the 2014 campaign will be dominated by a strong offense taking on the Tea Party Republican Congress, our success begins with our Members. These battle-tested men and women have proven time and again that they can win because no one better reflects the values of their districts. Under the leadership of Representative Tim Walz, the Frontline Program will multiply Members’ strengths, and make sure they are positioned to compete and win – so they can continue to address the problems facing America’s middle class."[5]

The following table displays the current members of the Frontline Program.



The DCCC raised $10.3 million in March 2014. It ended the month with $40.2 million in the bank and no debt.[6]

First quarter 2013 fundraising

The DCCC gained an early fundraising advantage in the first quarter of 2013. It outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee $22.6 million to $17.5 million. Party strategists attributed the edge to Democrats' advantage in Internet fundraising and small-dollar donations. Additionally vulnerable Democratic incumbents lead their endangered Republican counterparts in a majority of races.[7]

July 2013

As of July 2013, the DCCC had outraised the NRCC by $6.5 million.[8]

August 2013

According to an Open Secrets report on FEC filings released on August 13, 2013, the DCCC had raised $40.8 million to the NRCC's $34.3 million.[9]

September 2013

The DCCC raised $8.4 million in September compared to the $5.3 million the NRCC raised during the same period. This brought the total raised for 2013 through the third quarter, to $58.2 million for the DCCC compared to the NRCC's $42.6 million. As for cash on hand, the DCCC still had an edge: $21.6 million to NRCC's $15.7 million.[10]

2012 elections

According to the Sunlight Foundation, the DCCC spent $61,741,050 on the 2012 elections. Of those funds, 47.78 percent achieved the desired result, based on Sunlight Foundation analysis.[11]


As of July 14, the DCCC had raised $96,754,717 and spent $70,064,229, leaving $27,496,113 cash on hand.[12] As of October 2012, the DCCC had raised $53.3 million from small donations during the election cycle -- which was $15 million more than during the entire 2010 election.[13]

On October 24, 2012, the DCCC borrowed $17 million to spend during the remainder of the 2012 elections. First reported in Politico, the money was intended to balance out the bombardment of GOP ads in the media.[14] According to a report in The Washington Post, House Republicans were able to spend more money during the election cycle.[15]

Red to Blue

The DCCC's Red to Blue list highlighted seats held by Republicans that the DCCC tried to change to Democratic. These races received the bulk of the funding from the DCCC in 2012.[16]

  • Successful (Democrat won): 28/55 (50.9%)
  • Unsuccessful (Republican won): 27/55 (49.1%)
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Red to Blue list
District Endorsed Candidate November 6 Results
Arizona's 1st District Ann Kirkpatrick Green check mark transparent.png
Arizona's 9th District Kyrsten Sinema Green check mark transparent.png
California's 7th District Ami Bera Green check mark transparent.png
California's 10th District Jose Hernandez Defeatedd
California's 26th District Julia Brownley Green check mark transparent.png
California's 36th District Raul Ruiz Green check mark transparent.png
California's 41st District Mark Takano Green check mark transparent.png
California's 47th District Alan Lowenthal Green check mark transparent.png
California's 52nd District Scott Peters Green check mark transparent.png
Colorado's 3rd District Sal Pace Defeatedd
Colorado's 6th District Joe Miklosi Defeatedd
Connecticut's 5th District Elizabeth Esty Green check mark transparent.png
Florida's 2nd District Al Lawson Defeatedd
Florida's 10th District Val Demings Defeatedd
Florida's 16th District Keith Fitzgerald Defeatedd
Florida's 18th District Patrick Murphy Green check mark transparent.png
Florida's 26th District Joe Garcia Green check mark transparent.png
Iowa's 4th District Christie Vilsack Defeatedd
Illinois' 8th District Tammy Duckworth Green check mark transparent.png
Illinois' 10th District Brad Schneider Green check mark transparent.png
Illinois' 11th District Bill Foster Green check mark transparent.png
Illinois' 12th District William Enyart Green check mark transparent.png
Illinois' 13th District David Gill Defeatedd
Illinois' 17th District Cheri Bustos Green check mark transparent.png
Indiana's 2nd District Brendan Mullen Green check mark transparent.png
Indiana's 8th District Dave Crooks Green check mark transparent.png
Maryland's 6th District John Delaney Green check mark transparent.png
Michigan's 1st District Gary McDowell Defeatedd
Minnesota's 2nd District Mike Obermueller Defeatedd
Minnesota's 6th District Jim Graves Defeatedd
Minnesota's 8th District Rick Nolan Green check mark transparent.png
Montana's at-large District Kim Gillan Defeatedd
Nevada's 3rd District John Oceguera Defeatedd
New Mexico's 1st District Michelle Lujan Grisham Green check mark transparent.png
New Hampshire's 1st District Carol Shea-Porter Green check mark transparent.png
New Hampshire's 2nd District Annie Kuster Green check mark transparent.png
New Jersey's 3rd District Shelley Adler Defeatedd
New York's 11th District Mark Murphy Defeatedd
New York's 18th District Sean Maloney Green check mark transparent.png
New York's 19th District Julian Schreibman Defeatedd
New York's 24th District Dan Maffei Green check mark transparent.png
North Carolina's 11th District Hayden Rogers Defeatedd
North Dakota's at-large District Pam Gulleson Defeatedd
Ohio's 6th District Charlie Wilson Defeatedd
Pennsylvania's 6th District Manan Trivedi Defeatedd
Pennsylvania's 7th District George Badey Defeatedd
Pennsylvania's 8th District Kathryn Boockvar Defeatedd
Tennessee's 4th District Eric Stewart Defeatedd
Texas' 14th District Nick Lampson Defeatedd
Texas' 23rd District Pete Gallego Green check mark transparent.png
Virginia's 2nd District Paul Hirschbiel Defeatedd
Washington's 1st District Suzan DelBene Green check mark transparent.png
Washington's 10th District Denny Heck Green check mark transparent.png
Wisconsin's 7th District Pat Kreitlow Defeatedd
Wisconsin's 8th District Jamie Wall Defeatedd


In October 2012, the DCCC reported that it had raised $35.1 million in the final quarter of the 2012 congressional campaign. It was reported as the biggest quarter in DCCC history.[17]



As of July 14, the DCCC had spent $3.5 million on independent expenditures in 77 races, supporting Democratic candidates or opposing Republican ones.[18]

NRCC's Top 10 Independent Expenditures
Recipient State Total Spent In Support of Dems Spent in Opposition to Dems Spent In Support of Repubs Spent in Opposition to Repubs
Suzanne Bonamici (D) Oregon $660,160 $660,160 $0 $0 $0
Rob Cornilles (R) Oregon $659,240 $0 $0 $0 $659,240
Jesse Kelly (R) Arizona $528,265 $0 $0 $0 $528,265
David Weprin (D) New York $268,930 $268,930 $0 $0 $0
Bob Turner (R) New York $257,123 $0 $0 $0 $257,123
Jane Corwin (R) New York $133,374 $0 $0 $0 $133,374
Jack Davis (R) New York $133,374 $0 $0 $0 $133,374
Julia Brownley (D) California $67,199 $67,199 $0 $0 $0
Kathy Hochul (D) New York $63,736 $67,042 -$3,306 $0 $0
Rick Berg (R) North Dakota $35,594 $0 $0 $0 $35,594


The top 5 donors to the DCCC as of June 4, 2012, were as follows.[19]

Donor Total
Nancy Pelosi for Congress $770,255
Hoyer for Congress $720,000
Becerra for Congress $450,000
Larson for Congress $330,000
Allyson Schwartz for Congress $300,000


The top 5 industries donating to the DCCC as of June 4, 2012, were as follows.[20]

Industry Total
Candidate Committees $10,983,638.00
Retired $5,613,743.00
Lawyers/Law Firms $3,518,765.00
Securities & Investment $2,609,785.00
Real Estate $1,488,485.00


2012 DCCC Leadership[21]
Member Position
Rep. Steve Israel Chairman
Rep. Allyson Schwartz Recruiting and Candidate Services Chair
Rep. Jim Himes Frontline Program Chair
Rep. Donna Edwards Red to Blue Program Chair
Rep. Jared Polis Red to Blue Program Chair
Rep. Karen Bass Women LEAD Co-Chair
Rep. Jackie Speier Women LEAD Co-Chair
Rep. Joseph Crowley DCCC National Finance Chair

Recent news

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External links


  1. DCCC "About," accessed July 14, 2012
  2. Buzzfeed, "The 2014 Election Began On Election Night For House Democrats," November 27, 2012
  3. The Hill, "DCCC launches effort to support top recruits, NRCC announces top Dem targets," May 9, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "DCCC adds nine names to program for top recruits," September 9, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  6. Washington Post, "DCCC raises $10.3 million in March," accessed April 16, 2014
  7. The Hill, "Democrats gain early fundraising edge," April 22, 2013
  8. Politico, "DCCC memo rallies Dems for 2014," August 1, 2013
  9. OpenSecrets, "Parties," accessed August 13, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Democrats sweep September fundraising," accessed October 21, 2013
  11. Sunlight Foundation, "Outside spenders' return on investment," November 9, 2012
  12. Open Secrets, "Total Raised," accessed July 14, 2012
  13. Washington Post, "In a super PAC world, Democrats win using small donors," accessed October 10, 2012
  14. Politico, "Democrats borrow $17 million for final House push," October 24, 2012
  15. Washington Post, "Democrats borrow $17 million for House races," October 24, 2012
  16. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  17. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "BREAKING: DCCC’S BIGGEST QUARTER EVER, OUTRAISED NRCC BY $4.2M IN Q3 AND $2.9M IN SEPTEMBER ALONE," October 15, 2012
  18. Open Secrets, "Independent Expenditures," accessed July 14, 2012
  19. Open Secrets, "Top Contributors," accessed July 14, 2012
  20. Open Secrets, "Top Contributors," accessed July 14, 2012
  21. DCCC "Leadership," accessed July 14, 2012