As they seek to protect their 34-seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives this year, Democrats have a secret weapon: The Human Fundraising Machine.
New Jersey’s Josh Gottheimer has contributed and raised more than $2.2 million for Democratic candidates across the country, many of whom have pledged to work across the aisle to solve national problems.
Gottheimer is a gargantuan fundraiser who has raised more than $16.4 million since announcing his first run for Congress in 2015. He raised a massive $1.3 million during the 2nd quarter of 2020 and had a mammoth $8.85 million cash-on-hand, according to his most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission.
He contributed and helped raise $400,000 in support of other Democratic candidates in the 2nd quarter of this year.
“I am proud to have supported so many problem solvers committed to making a real difference,” Gottheimer said. “Now is the time to come together, for our country and for the Fifth District, to help solve our toughest problems – making health care more affordable, helping cut taxes, and ensuring future generations have access to clean air and water.”
Gottheimer’s fundraising for national Democratic House candidates is in addition to his own campaign for re-election to a third term in New Jersey’s 5th district.
“I look forward to continuing the fight for our Jersey Values,” said Gottheimer.
Last month, Gottheimer defeated a progressive challenger in the Democratic primary with 68% of the vote, carrying 78 of the 79 municipalities in his district.
He now faces Republican Frank Pallotta, a former investment banker.
Pallotta reported $87,171 cash-on-hand in his 2nd quarter report last month.
Gottheimer unseated seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) in 2016 by four percentage points and was re-elected by sixteen points in 2018.
Donald Trump carried New Jersey’s 5th district by one percentage point in 2016– a 4,089-vote plurality.
The district now has 16,111 more Democrats than Republicans. That’s a shift from a GOP registration advantage of 2,370 on Election Day 2016.