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The Democratic National Committee released its June fundraising numbers — showing the organization trailing its Republican counterpart — late Friday afternoon when most of the media had already signed off for the weekend.
Filings with the Federal Election Commission indicate the DNC raised more than $8.5 million throughout the month of June. Although the figure was $1.7 million higher than the total it raised in May, the DNC’s haul was nearly dwarfed by its operating expenses. The filings show the organization spent more than $7.5 million throughout June.
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Most of the money appears to have been spent on events, including the first Democrat presidential debate held between June 26-27 in Miami, Florida.
“The committee reported spending $221,000 on catering, $106,000 on ‘event production & site rentals,’ $61,000 on ‘event decorations,’ $50,000 on expenses marked as ‘event consulting’ and $19,000 on security,” according to Politico. The filing did not specify which expenses were related to the debates in late June.
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It is unclear if the DNC’s efforts paid off, as now reports have been made about how much the organization raised following the debate.
Over the same time period, the Republican National Committee raised more than $20.8 million. The haul brings the RNC’s total cash on hand to more than $37 million, compared to only $9.3 million for the DNC.
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The GOP’s fundraising prowess is likely the reason why the DNC waited until late Friday to release its June total. The time slot, infamous among media and political observers as the “Friday news dump,” is reserved for especially bad news that individuals hope will not receive scrutiny.
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