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Dem state committees walloping Republicans in fundraising

Among “Big Six” committees, Dems raise $8.2 million to Republicans’ $1.9 million

By Joey Fox, October 19 2021 10:45 am

New Jersey’s Democratic committees have outraised their Republican counterparts by a more than 4-to-1 margin in 2021, according to a new report released today by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

The three Democratic committees – the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, Senate Democratic Majority, and the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee – collectively raised $8,186,953 in the first three quarters of 2021. $5.8 million was raised by the main state committee, while the remaining $2.4 million was raised by the two legislative committees.

The New Jersey Republican State Committee, Senate Republican Majority, and Assembly Republican Victory, on the other hand, raised only $1,918,411 during the same time period. The state committee raised close to $900,000, and the two legislative committees together raised just over $1 million.

Unsurprisingly, Democrats have also been able to drastically outspend Republicans, with their committees spending $7.4 million versus Republicans’ $1.5 million. Democrats have $1.8 million left in cash-on-hand; Republicans have $800,000.

The fundraising and spending by the so-called “Big Six” are nearly double the amount raised and spent in 2017, the last time when the governor’s mansion and state legislature were both on the ballot.

“The party in power usually has a fund-raising edge, and the cumulative totals to date bear out that trend,” ELEC executive director Jeff Brindle said in a statement. “Another factor is that election years featuring a campaign for governor and both legislative houses tend to be the costliest. This year is no exception.”

Both parties’ committees have also benefited from the largesse of their national counterparts. For example, the Democratic National Committee gave the state Democratic committee a maximum donation of $72,000, and the Democratic Governors Association and the Republican State Leadership Committee each gave smaller totals. 

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