House Speaker John Boehner KO’d Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in 2013 fundraising by over 50 percent, according to just released figures.
Boehner outraised the former Democratic speaker by a whopping $19 million, $54 million to Pelosi’s $35 million.
When Pelosi’s team last month revealed her success collecting checks, they heralded it as a huge win, a figure that surpassed her past fundraising efforts in the last three non-election years.
By comparison, Boehner’s win in 2013 was offered to reporters with just simple numbers and a comment from aide Cory Fritz who said, “Liberal super PACs and labor unions outraised and outspent conservatives by millions in 2013, throwing considerable weight behind the president’s efforts to help Democrats retake complete control of Washington. As the speaker and House Republicans focus on better solutions to help create jobs, grow the economy, and make health are more affordable, we’re doing all that we can to make sure our members and challengers have the resources needed to take on the Democrats' campaign machine.”
Both Pelosi and Boehner raised money for their own reelection campaigns, party groups and the House campaign committees that dole out money to imperiled candidates.
In Boehner’s case, he raised money from 60,000 donors, half of which gave more than twice. Nearly all of the money was low dollar, a sign of his effort to reach the grass roots. Sme 59 percent came in contributions of $25 or less, and just 4 percent were higher thabnt $2,500.
His top target states were his home of Ohio, California, Texas, Florida and Illinois, home to President Obama. He transferred more than $12 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee for the upcoming 2014 elections.
Pelosi raised $27 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.