Despite rising conflict with the Trump administration regarding immigration reform and healthcare, the fundraising arm for Hispanic Democrats has managed to break its fundraising record in the first quarter of 2017. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Bold PAC raised more than $2 million between January and March, roughly a third of the $6.12 million it raised during the 2016 campaign cycle.
“As long as there is the vitriol and the extremism that’s coming out of the White House and coming out of the Republicans wanting to take 24 million people’s healthcare away, as long as they’re doing things like that, I think we’re going to have a strong response,” said Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), head of the CHC Bold PAC.
Bold PAC has relied on small individual donations for the majority of its fundraising, reminiscent of the fundraising model used by former President Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2016 campaign. The PAC reports donations from over 130,000 individuals, averaging $12.99 each.
“We don’t have to follow their blueprint, all we have to do is pay attention to what this president tweets or [White House spokesman Sean] Spicer says or remind them [White House chief strategist Stephen] Bannon is still his top adviser,” said Cardenas.
Although in 2016 Bold PAC supported more non-Latino candidates, it partnered up with the CHC members to ensure recruitment efforts would identify and tutor Hispanic politicians to target House seats. While Cardenas’ has been largely credited for the PAC’s success, he credits the PAC’s growth on the ability of Democrats to provide answers for issues affecting everyday Americans.