With Boost from New Donors, DGA Raises Record $41 Million in 2017
Democrats Turn Focus to State Races; 49,000 New Donors Propel DGA Fundraising Record
Today, the Democratic Governors Association announced it raised over $41 million across all entities in 2017, setting a new record for an odd-numbered year.
The $41 million represents a $13 million increase over 2013, the equivalent year in the previous 4-year gubernatorial cycle.
The growth was propelled by increased donations from existing donors and an influx of new DGA donors, as Democrats nationally focus on gubernatorial races. The DGA raised $11.7 million from the nearly 50,000 donors who gave to the organization for the first time in 2017. The increase is in part due to the organization’s grassroots fundraising program, which more than doubled its 2013 totals, and the major donor program, which quadrupled.
The DGA closed a historic gap with the Republican Governors Association. This number represents a 46% increase over the $28 million raised in 2013, well ahead of the RGA’s 20% increase over the same time.
“This record breaking fundraising sets the DGA up for success heading into the 2018 election cycle,” said DGA Executive Director Elisabeth Pearson. “Across the country, Democrats realize that governors’ races are the best way to pass Democratic policies and fight back against Republican gerrymandering. Democrats around the country are fired up, and investing more time and resources to help our party win big at the state level. The DGA is ready to capitalize on our momentum this November.”