Israel is the current chairman of the DCCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee picked up $1.7 million in member pledges at its quarterly caucus dinner Tuesday night.
In addition, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced that the Democratic National Committee, an organization that struggled financially until this spring, had pledged to transfer $2 million to the DCCC for the midterms.
The DCCC has walloped its counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, in fundraising this cycle. But House Democrats must net 17 seats to win control of the chamber — a nearly impossible task given the political climate and map.
“We’ve been breaking every fundraising record but winning campaigns is expensive,” Israel said at the dinner, according to a source in the room. “We had 400,000 online donations in July and raised $7 million. This is an inspiration.”