Both the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC) have been working diligently on fundraising efforts designed to bolster their cash flow. On Wednesday, the RNC announced just how much they pulled in during 2017, and the total, in comparison to what the DNC managed to gather, could signal trouble for Democrats.
The RNC announced, according to a report by the Independent Review Journal, historically high fundraising total, for non-election years. In 2017, Republicans raised $132.5 million, an amount that is more than twice what the DNC pulled in.
In 2017, Democrats only managed to raise $65.9 million.
“Our fundraising numbers reflect voters’ optimism and continued support as President Trump fulfills his promises to the American people,” said Ronna McDaniel, an RNC chairwoman, in a statement.
In December alone, the GOP secured $11.1 million in support. In total, the RNC broke monthly fundraising records nine times in 2017.
In comparison, the DNC raised $4 million in December.
The RNC’s announcement followed Trump’s first State of the Union address. Lawmakers were divided in how they felt about the content of Trump’s speech, with Republicans largely showing support and Democrats feeling Trump pushed his immigration ideas too hard.
However, Trump also called for unity over political alliance during his State of the Union address.
“So, tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties – Democrats and Republicans – to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed,” said Trump.
“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans – to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.”
Democrats have been pushing for protections for “Dreamers,” thousands of undocumented children and young adults who were brought into the US illegally by their parents before the age of 16.
Congress has been working to come to an agreement regarding Dreamers after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy was announced by Trump to be ending on March 5.
A primary point of contention between the two parties, disagreements over DACA are at least partially responsible for the recent government shutdown and are a focus as budget negotiations continue with the next potential shutdown date looming.