Well, This Is Embarrassing

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We live in a deep blue state, right? Nod your head: of course we do.

And therefore Democrats raise more money than those sad sack Republicans, right? Nod again.

Internal reader thought: what’s up with all these questions? I mean, really, duh?

Patience, grasshopper. All will be revealed.

All of the above is true. In the 2008 presidential cycle, Maryland Dems raised four times more money than did the GOP. Even in 2012, the ratio was more than double.

How about since 2014?

Uh oh, here it comes. How bad is it going to be?

This bad.

The Republican State Central Committee has reported more than $1.5 million in contributions since November 2014, compared with about $807,000 for the Democratic State Central Committee.

More than half of the GOP haul came in the two months after Hogan won the governorship. The central committee reported about $300,000 for the rest of 2015, compared with about $353,000 for the Democratic committee over the same period. This year, the GOP reported $378,000 in contributions through the end of last month, compared with $437,000 for the Democrats.

Since November, 2014, Maryland Republicans have outraised state Democrats by almost 2-1. Even after the first wave of enthusiasm for Hogan’s upset win had ebbed, the ratio is close to 50-50 (54-46 for you stat nerds).

OMG, that’s terrible.

Yep, it’s bad. One of the principal jobs of a state party is fundraising. We’re supposed to have more than them. A lot more. That trend line, going from 4-1 to 2-1 to 1-2 to 1-1? It sucks.

The only saving grace – so far – is that the GOP had so much debt its cash on hand is still poor relative to our side. But all that debt has now been retired, so don’t  expect that edge to hold.

2018 is going to feature an incumbent GOP governor looking not only to get reelected, but to collect scalps. No more public financing. He’s gone from the scrappy underdog to the neighborhood bully in the blink of an eye. He’s going to fund other races, like key General Assembly contests, and it’s going to be war. It would be nice if we had the guns ready for that war. Right now, we don’t. And that is embarrassing.

Yes, it is. What do we do now?

Stay tuned.


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