DC: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) fired its finance director Thursday due to low fundraising numbers, according to a Politico report.
Emily Mellencamp Smith was fired during the committee’s senior leadership’s efforts to reorganize and boost fundraising, Politico reported Thursday.
“We are grateful for Emily Mellencamp Smith’s work to help build a fundraising team that will raise the funds to win in 2017, 2018 and beyond. Emily is going back to consulting and helping elect Democrats in upcoming races, including staying on in a consulting role for the DNC at this time,” the DNC’s press secretary, Michael Tyler, told Politico.
From January to September under the leadership of DNC chairman Tom Perez, the DNC has only raised $51 million, compared to the Republican National Committee (RNC) which has raised more than $104 million during the same time period.
The RNC raised $7.3 million in the month of August, while the DNC raised only $4.35 million, according to FEC filings. This gives the RNC a total of $45.8 million cash on hand, while the DNC has only $6.8 million.
In addition, the RNC had no debt, while the DNC now owes slightly above $4 million. MORE