Washington, – Today, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) announced it has continued its record-setting fundraising year, bringing in $13 million across all entities in Q2 and raising more in the first six months of 2012 than the $20 million the DGA raised in all of 2011.
“Democratic governors are playing a critical role as our economy continues to recover, working tirelessly to create jobs and expand opportunity – and our record-setting second quarter reflects huge support for those efforts,” said DGA Chair Martin O’Malley. “Meanwhile, Republican governors continue to prioritize ideology over effectiveness, focusing on rolling back women’s rights, workers’ rights, and voters’ rights.”
O’Malley continued, “While the electoral map remains challenging in 2012, our tremendous fundraising efforts will ensure the DGA has the resources we need to support Democratic incumbents and candidates to fight for our core priorities, jobs and opportunity, in competitive races.”
- The $21 million raised across all entities represents the best sixth-month mark ever for the DGA; the previous sixth-month high mark was $17 million in 2010.
- The DGA’s Q2 total this year of $13 million raised across all entities reflects nearly $7.5 million more than the total amount the DGA raised during the same Q2 period in 2008 ($5.5 million), a comparable cycle during a presidential election year when Democrats held 28 governors’ seats vs. only 20 today.
- DGA has a strong track record putting its resources to work aggressively on behalf of Democratic governors and combating efforts at Republican overreach: in the top two gubernatorial races of 2011 in West Virginia and Kentucky, as well as the successful effort to rebuke Governor John Kasich’s overreach against workers in Ohio, DGA prevailed in tough contests despite being massively outspent by the Republican Governors Association ($5 million to $2.4 million in West Virginia, $1.3 million to $500,000 in Kentucky, and $1.38 million to $180,000 in Ohio).