The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee out-raised its Republican counterpart in July for the third month in a row as they look to turn the tide and win back the House in 2018.
During July, the DCCC took in $6.2 million, while the NRCC brought in only $3.8 million. Dating back to May 1, the group has hauled in $26.3 million, while the NRCC took in only $17.9 million.
"The DCCC's record-breaking July fundraising is further evidence that grassroots energy on the Democratic side is only growing stronger," said Tyler Law, a DCCC spokesman. "There's no question that Democrats are on offense deep into the map while Republicans are stuck on defense, running scared from their constituents after failing to get anything done with unified control of Washington."
The fundraising news comes amid a renewed hope among Democrats that they could take back the House in the midst of a tumultuous summer for President Trump and House Republicans, who have been unable to pass any of their top priorities into law despite controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Despite the lack of action on healthcare, tax reform and movement toward a budget, House Republicans remain hopeful that they can get these priorities done by the end of the year.
At the moment, the DCCC is targeting 80 Republican-held seats in a bid to retake the lower chamber for the first time since the 2010 wave election. Democrats need to win 24 seats in order to win back the majority.
Despite the fundraising slide, the NRCC still holds an advantage in cash-on-hand. They currently have $34.8 million in the bank, while the DCCC has $22.8 million, even despite spending $10 million defending Republican-held seats in special elections earlier this year. In a statement, the NRCC downplayed the fundraising news and pointed to how they have raised more this year than they did in 2015 alone -- the most recent political off-year.
"We're proud of our historic fundraising levels and the fact that—as of July 1st—we've already raised more than we did in all of 2015," said Matt Gorman, an NRCC spokesman.