Most of New Jersey’s Democratic House members have not fulfilled their dues and fundraising goals for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which is charged with retaining their majority in the 2020 general election.
The numbers come from an internal DCCC “Member Dues Report” obtained by The Intercept, a political news site.
House Democrats are assigned dues and fundraising targets on a sliding scale based on the positions they hold in the Democratic Congress.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), who chairs the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee, has been assigned dues of $600,000 for the cycle, while freshman Reps. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) and Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) are expected to pay $150,000.
Pallone has sent $164,250 to the DCCC so far, a little more than one-quarter of his dues. He has also raised more than $1.5 million for Democratic congressional candidates this cycle.
Eight of the eleven Democratic House members from New Jersey have not paid any dues at all.
Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) has paid $5,000 of his $175,000 dues. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) has sent in $25,000; his dues are $250,000 because he has a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee, which affords him greater fundraising opportunities.
The dues of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) jumped to $250,000 after she won a seat on the House Appropriations Committee this year, but she hasn’t sent any money the DCCC.
According to the Intercept report, delinquency issues sometimes stem from a Member of Congress wanting to show the highest possible cash-on-hand to dissuade potential opponents from jumping in the race.
It’s also possible that the DCCC might forgive dues for New Jersey incumbents who are battling to hold their own House seats.
The DCCC also awards points to House members who help their colleagues. For example, Reps Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) accumulated points for their fundraising efforts on behalf of Democrat Dan McCready, who is running in a special House election in North Carolina.
Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) has raised $36,500 for House Democrats, while Van Drew has brought in $31,000. Pascrell has raised 25,000 and Sherill has raised $6,000. Watson Coleman’ fundraising haul for House Democrats is $500.
Gottheimer has raised more than $800,000 for Democratic House members.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has paid $600,000 of her $1 million dues and has raised $43.4 million – substantially more than her $30 million fundraising goal.