Despite enormous grassroots momentum and a historically unpopular president, the Democratic Party is badly trailing its Republican counterpart when it comes to fundraising. On Friday the Democratic National Committee announced that it had raised just $3.8 million in July, its worst number in that month since 2007, the Hill reports. By comparison, the Republican National Committee took in $10.2 million. Through the first seven months of the year the RNC raised $86.5 million to the DNC's $42 million. The Republicans also have $40 million more cash on hand.
Blame for the DNC's fundraising problems can be laid at several doors, the Daily Beast reports. The party is attempting to build a small-donor network but is competing for dollars with several smaller progressive groups that have been thriving in the Trump era, including Indivisible and Swing Left. There are also ideological battles raging between the progressive and moderates wings of the party over such issues as universal health care and abortion rights. (Read more DNC stories.)