The Democratic National Committee is having a tough time persuading donors to donate to the national organization as the party tries to rebrand after the loss in the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking of Tom Perez’s failure to refocus the pary, Jane Kleeb, chair of the Nebraska party, said, “Donors, small and large, are so over the party.”
“Everybody thinks that some magic three-page document and some magic tagline is going to turn everything around for us,” Kleeb added. “But this is very typical work.”
The DNC’s fundraising troubles may jeopardize the party’s strategy for 2018 elections. The party raised about $4 million in September and the Republican National Committee raised $10 million in the same period.
According to The Hill, the RNC also has a much bigger war chest, announcing $44 million cash on hand at the beginning of October, compared to the DNC’s $7 million.
The DNC’s new direction is mainly to oppose President Donald Trump’s agenda and to try to gain control of local and state positions.
Many donors and high-ranked Democrats have expressed a lack of confidence that Perez and Keith Ellison, deputy DNC chair, will be able to improve its track record of selecting good candidates and encouraging voter turnout.
“If you look at what Tom is trying to do, and Keith [Ellison], it really is a turnaround of the whole organization,” Washington state chairwoman Tina Podlodowski told Politico. “It’s going to take a little time to turn it around.”
Perez has been fundraising in traditionally Democratic neighborhoods with events in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts earlier this summer, and Seattle and San Francisco in recent weeks.
However, some contributors are waiting to see the party bring in new talent before they donate more money.
“I’ve had enough dinners,” longtime donor John Morgan, a lawyer who may make his own bid for governor in 2018, told Politico. “I’m not really interested. I’m going to let them get new blood. I can’t get motivated.”