There's A $500,000 Gender Gap When It Comes To Campaign Fundraising - via NPR
Updated: Aug 23, 2020
September 26, 2018 5:00 AM ET
Heard on All Things Considered
by PETER OVERBY
Gender gaps aren't just for the workplace, and the midterm elections are proving it. An NPR analysis of campaign finance records shows that Democratic women candidates face a fundraising gap, compared to Democratic men, in the party's toughest House races.
In Federal Election Commission filings, the women running for Congress have raised an average of $500,000 less than the men, in the 67 most competitive districts as rated by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. The analysis found that the 34 Democratic women challenging Republicans in those districts raised a combined $34.5 million from out-of-state donors, compared to $48.3 million raised by the Democratic 33 men. Out-of-state money is a growing, and critical, building block in House races.
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