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After a Year Under Perez, DNC Has ‘Long Way to Go’

While NPR found the DNC chair was getting “sympathy” from past national committee chairs, he’s not getting results on the money front.

By NTK Staff | 02.22.2018 @1:00pm
After a Year Under Perez, DNC Has ‘Long Way to Go’

This weekend marks former Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s one-year anniversary of becoming the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and an analysis by NPR found the former Hillary Clinton backer has a “long way to go.”

According to NPR’s Scott Detrow, “the task of turning around the DNC has been arduous, and many Democrats are impatient.”

Indeed, the DNC’s biggest struggle in the past year has been on the fundraising front. In fact, the DNC set records for poor fundraising during Perez’s first year:

Elected in late February 2017, Perez has overseen one of the worst years in DNC history. Fundraising for the group has been abysmally bad, which has come as a surprise to many party insiders. With Donald Trump occupying the White House, many Democrats expected to have an easy time raising money.

Instead, the DNC is setting records for terrible fundraising. Last year saw the DNC’s worst October fundraising figure in 15 years, pulling in just $3.9 million that month. By contrast, the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $9.2 million that same month.

Perez described fundraising as “a necessary part of the job,” to CBS News’ Major Garrett last month, and that ambivalence definitely shows. The results are hard to ignore:

Many expected anti-Trump sentiment to override any divisions among Democrats, but one year into Perez’s term it’s clear that effort is not crystalizing. How long party leaders will put up with abysmal DNC fundraising remains to be seen.

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