A new report from National Review indicates that it’s the ideological battle between the establishment wing and the progressive wing that’s hampering the DNC.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is stuck in a rut. The national organization brought in just $3.8 million last month, its worst monthly reporting period since 2009.
Meanwhile, it’s GOP counterpart is raking in money hand over fist. The Republican National Committee (RNC) brought in $10.2 million in July, bringing its cash on hand total up to $47.1 million.
But while reports of the DNC’s terrible fundraising are not new, an analysis from National Review may shed some light on what’s causing the problem: the lingering effects of the 2016 presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
A lack of coherent values is what fractured the party in the first place, after all. By pitting Bernie Sanders, who appealed to the progressive youth, against Hillary Clinton, the establishment candidate, in the 2016 election, the DNC showcased its divided values on a national stage. And when news broke that the DNC had actively suppressed Sanders’s presidential bid, the exodus of disaffected Sanders supporters revealed how tense that division was.
Despite numerous efforts, including a doomed-from-the-start “Unity Tour,” national Democrats cannot seem to right the ship with Chairman Tom Perez at the helm.
And a lack of liberal enthusiasm cannot be blamed – individual Democrats are achieving fundraising parity with their Republican counterparts, according to NRO.
But as reporter Phillip Devoe rightly points out, until Democrats find a way to resolve their deep-seeded trust issues, poor fundraising numbers are the least of their concerns.
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