Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
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The DCCC announced the first 14 members of the 2016 Frontline Program on February 12, 2015. The following table displays the current members of the Frontline Program.
The Jumpstart Program was 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."
Nine more names were then added to the program in September 2013. The full list of candidates is displayed in the following table.
The Frontline Program was a partnership between the DCCC and members of congress designed to protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Members of the program were required to sign a memorandum that required them to meet aggressive fundraising goals, accelerate volunteer and recruitment efforts, and increase their online networking.
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."
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.
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.
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.
As of July 14, the DCCC had raised $96,754,717 and spent $70,064,229, leaving $27,496,113 cash on hand. 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.
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. According to a report in The Washington Post, House Republicans were able to spend more money during the election cycle.
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.
- Successful (Democrat won): 28/55 (50.9%)
- Unsuccessful (Republican won): 27/55 (49.1%)
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.
As of July 14, the DCCC had spent $3.5 million on independent expenditures in 77 races, supporting Democratic candidates or opposing Republican ones.
|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 five donors to the DCCC as of June 4, 2012, were as follows.
|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 five industries donating to the DCCC as of June 4, 2012, were as follows.
|Securities & Investment||$2,609,785.00|
|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|
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- DCCC "About," accessed July 14, 2012
- Buzzfeed, "The 2014 Election Began On Election Night For House Democrats," November 27, 2012
- Roll Call, "Exclusive: DCCC Announces 14 Incumbents in Frontline Program," February 12, 2015
- The Hill, "DCCC launches effort to support top recruits, NRCC announces top Dem targets," May 9, 2013
- The Washington Post, "DCCC adds nine names to program for top recruits," September 9, 2013
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
- Washington Post, "DCCC raises $10.3 million in March," accessed April 16, 2014
- The Hill, "Democrats gain early fundraising edge," April 22, 2013
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- Politico, "Democrats borrow $17 million for final House push," October 24, 2012
- Washington Post, "Democrats borrow $17 million for House races," October 24, 2012
- DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
- 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
- Open Secrets, "Independent Expenditures," accessed July 14, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Top Contributors," accessed July 14, 2012
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- DCCC "Leadership," accessed July 14, 2012