Democratic Party insiders are outraged at DNC chief Tom Perez for running the organization about as well as Democrats run countries.As we recently reported, beginning January 1st of this year, through the end of May (the last month for which available data existed at the time), the RNC raised twice as much money as the DNC. That gives Republicans more than a 2:1 advantage.
However, a dollar spent on a Republican’s campaign appears to be worth more than one spent on a Democrat. How else does one explain Donald Trump’s victory despite spending half as much on the 2016 election as Hillary Clinton, or Karen Handel’s victory against Jon Ossoff despite Ossoff outspending her 6:1?
The RNC’s balance sheet was also in a stronger financial position, showing $41 million in cash on hand, and no debt, compared to the DNC with their $8 million in cash and $2 million in debt.
Since then, the numbers have only continued to favor Republicans. According to The Hill:
[A]s the party undergoes a facelift after last year’s disastrous election, some DNC members and fundraisers say Perez hasn’t done enough to improve fundraising or build enthusiasm since taking the helm in February.
In July, the DNC raised just $3.8 million, its worst fundraising month since 2007. Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee raised $10.2 million the same month. The DNC also added $154,000 to its debt, bringing its total debt load to $3.4 million.
“A lot of us feel like there’s nothing exciting, nothing invigorating coming from that building and particularly from Tom Perez,” said one top Democratic bundler, who complained that the DNC chairman didn’t even coordinate the first meeting for fundraisers until several weeks ago.“I’ve never heard from him. Not once,” the bundler said. “If you want to show strength, you personally reach out to all the big fundraisers.”
Critics also bring up Perez’s decision to return to his alma mater of Brown University to teach as a senior fellow. “Being DNC chair is a full time job,” one strategist said. “There isn’t time for side gigs.”
The Hill interviewed more than a dozen lawmakers, fundraisers, strategists and DNC members for this story who raised doubts about the chairman, and asked whether the former Labor secretary, prosecutor and special counselor has the political savvy for his position.