Democratic, Republican fundraising for election litigation tops $154 million in 2021-22 cycle, 30% increase over 2020 presidential cycle

I’ve chronicled how the 2015 “Cromnibus” bill appears to have contributed to a sharp increase in spending on election litigation. The bill allowed additional contributions to “election recounts and contests and other legal proceedings,” above and beyond individual candidate campaign contribution limits. Essentially, it’s easier to give much more money directly to the party’s lawyers than to the party’s presidential candidate.

The staggering numbers continue to climb. In the 2019-2020 election cycle–a presidential election–the totals to the major national party accounts crossed $117 million. The 24-month figures are in for 2021-2022, and they’re up 30%, to $154 million.

DNC: $42,882,652

RNC: $18,711,921

DSCC: $14,710,768

NRSC: $20,459,423

DCCC: $29,057,071

NRCC: $28,233,539

Democratic National Party Totals: $86,650,491

Republican National Party Totals: $67,404,883

(Other: $5602)

Grand Total: $154,060,976

Republican groups have gained back some of the ground they lost in the 2021 cycle but still trail Democratic groups significantly.

I’m interested in the purported added value of these $154 million in fundraising for expenses….

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