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Tom Perez Is a Terrible DNC Fundraiser. Now He’s Lying About It.

“We raised more money in January, for instance, of 2018 than any January in our history,” Perez said recently. Not so, say fact checkers.

By NTK Staff | 03.07.2018 @12:00pm
Tom Perez Is a Terrible DNC Fundraiser. Now He’s Lying About It.

During a recent interview on C-SPAN, DNC Chair Tom Perez said, “We raised more money in January, for instance, of 2018 than any January in our history. So if the question is, ‘Do we have enough money to implement our game plan?’ Absolutely.”

Perez, who just eclipsed the one-year mark as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), has attracted attention for a lot of the wrong reasons. One of Perez’s biggest shortcomings is raising money.

In January, when CBS News’ Major Garrett asked him if he enjoyed fundraising, Perez called it “a necessary part of the job.”

November 2017 was the DNC’s worst fundraising month in a decade. And after just a few short months on the job, they fired their fundraising chief late last year.

So, did the DNC turn things around to achieve their best “January in our history” for fundraising?

The Washington Post‘s fact-checker says no. Perez’s claim that the DNC raised “nearly $7 million” for the month of January includes not just money raised by the DNC, but also the joint fundraising entity, the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund.

The DNC is one of 52 entities in the joint fundraising committee. At some point, one of the other groups will chime in with a check, and then what? Who gets the credit for that?

This elaborate construct may help the DNC chairman save face, but only by sacrificing clarity and hampering voters’ understanding of campaign finance. We were on the fence between Two and Three Pinocchios for this one, but in the end Perez’s revised statement merits Two Pinocchios. The numbers add up, but the spin is misleading.

Meanwhile, the DNC’s counterpart, the Republican National Committee, spent most of 2017 breaking fundraising records.

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