DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Democratic party leadership is being ripped by its own as the party lags far behind the Republicans in fundraising ahead of the 2020 campaign.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez has come under fire for massive fundraising shortcomings. With the 2020 presidential election looming, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has raised $194 million so far this year while the Democrats have acquired only $75 million — less than half.
Speaking to Politico last month, former DNC member Dick Harpootlian called Perez "useless as tits on a boar hog," adding, "My advice to Tom Perez is quit, get out of the way or do something different."
Perez is a fake Catholic. The son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Perez graduated from a Jesuit high school. He met his wife when she was involved in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp in the 1980s. They attended a Jesuit-run parish in Washington, D.C. for a number of years.
In April 2017, "Catholic" Perez proclaimed that all Democratic candidates for public office must support abortion, stating, "Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman's right to make her own choices about her body and her health."
"That is not negotiable," Perez continued, "and should not change city by city or state by state."
Democratic leadership is horrified by the lack of funds. According to RealClearPolitics, Perez told supporters in a mass email earlier this year, "Our eventual nominee won't stand a chance against Trump and the GOP's fundraising machine unless we start making strategic, early investments right now."
The DNC's latest monthly filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) came out Wednesday night, as the party's fifth presidential primaries debate for 2020 was underway in Atlanta — perhaps deliberately timed to be lost amid the flurry of debate news owing to its embarrassing information.
According to the document, the DNC garnered only $9 million in October. It had $8.7 million in hand at month's end, and just over $7 million in unpaid debts. Over the course of the year thus far, the DNC received $75 million from donations and other sources.
By comparison, the RNC garnered $25.3 million in October, with $61.4 million on hand at month's end and zero unpaid debts. For the year so far, the GOP has raised a whopping $194 million, as stated in its latest FEC filing — burying the Democrats.
The lagging effort by Democrats has been the case month after month throughout the year.
In September, the DNC ended the month with $8.6 million in hand while the RNC had $59.2 million in hand.
In the past two months especially, many commentators have drawn attention to the DNC's failure to compete with the RNC in fundraising.
On Tuesday, Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner claimed that Democrats' push to impeach President Trump is energizing the Republican base, thus increasing donations to both the RNC and the Trump 2020 campaign.
"RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has been setting fundraising records month after month," Bedard observed, "and when the Trump 2020 campaign effort is included, the GOP team has raised nearly $400 million."
Bedard also noted that the large number of Democratic presidential hopefuls in the primaries may be detracting from the DNC's cash flow, with donors giving to an individual campaign instead of the national committee.
A.B. Stobbard, an associate editor at RealClearPolitics, wrote on Oct. 25, "Republicans have a steep challenge ahead to reelect Trump, but they have prepared well for the fight. Democrats, looking at the years 2016-2019, can't say the same."
Chris Lippincott, a Texas-based Democratic strategist, told Politico in October, "The resources [Trump] has will be put to work anywhere and everywhere that he feels like he can scare up electoral votes, and Democrats will never catch up. It's just too much money."
He added, "I'm not here to curse the dark, but it's dark."