Republican Attorneys General Dominating Democrats In Fundraising Battle

Republican attorneys general are trouncing their Democratic counterparts in 2017's fundraising wars amid liberals' failure to capitalize on resistance to President Trump.

The Republican Attorneys General Association raised $7.4 million through the first half of 2017, which the group said is a record-high number for the organization that formed in 1999. During the same period in 2015 and 2013, the association raked in $5.1 million and $4.2 million, respectively, as it headed into major election cycles.

The Democratic Attorneys General Association, meanwhile, raised about $3.1 million between January and June and reportedly hired full-time finance staffing for the first time in 2017.

The GOP is aiming to flip a pair of Midwestern states in 2018 where Trump outperformed expectations in 2016: Iowa and Minnesota. Republicans also are heavily invested in snatching the Virginia attorney general seat this year. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney John Adams, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will square off against the Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring there.

Ford O'Connell, a GOP strategist and veteran of Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, said the cash raised by Republicans will prove helpful, but "there is only so much you can do to overcome" the "electoral winds favor[ing] the Democrats."

O'Connell noted that both Democrats and Republicans recognize that the upcoming attorneys general elections will be of critical importance for redistricting and states' rights issues.

But the Democrats' strategy for thwarting the GOP's effort to paint all the attorneys general seats red focuses on making the coming elections all about Trump.

Read more from Ryan Lovelace at the Washington Examiner

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