March in Miami. Perfect weather. And an ideal time for President Obama to fundraise for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Miami home of former Heat basketball star Alonzo Mourning.
The event, set for March 20, will feature Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi, DCCC chair Steve Israel and Boca Raton Rep. Ted Deutch.
While the House might be tough for Democrats to win back, the DCCC's fundraising receipts aren't showing a struggle, according to Roll Call, which noted yesterday:
The DCCC’s receipts total last year was larger than in the previous midterm (2011: $61.4 million), the midterm before that (2009: $55.6 million), the midterm before that (2007: almost $67.9 million) and even the midterm before that (2005: almost $43 million). In both 2007 and 2009, of course, Democrats held the majority in the House of Representatives. (All data before 2013 in this column came from Federal Election Commission reports collected by the John Grotta Co., a Republican direct-marketing firm.)
The rival National Republican Congressional Committee’s numbers were not bad either, though they did not equal the DCCC’s haul.
The NRCC raised $60.5 million during 2013, ending December with $21 million in the bank. The NRCC’s receipts for 2013 were also better than its end-of-year numbers in 2011, 2009 and 2007, and its final cash-on-hand figure for 2013 was better as well. But NRCC receipts in 2005 ($65 million) — when the party held the White House and both chambers of Congress — were greater than last year’s receipts.