The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced a new finance director for the 2018 election season, according to a Wednesday report in Politico’s Playbook.
Mike Smith previously served as finance chair of the campaign to elect Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, where he reportedly managed a 5,000-person high-profile donor list. Smith served in the DCCC previously, first as deputy DC finance director, then as DC finance director before coming to the Clinton campaign.
“Mike most recently served as Hillary Clinton’s Deputy National Finance Director in her campaign for president. As the second most senior member of Clinton’s Finance team, Mike oversaw the campaign’s National Finance Committee of nearly 5,000 high-dollar donors. Previously, Mike served at the DCCC as both the Mid-Atlantic Director and Leader Pelosi’s Finance Director,” The DCCC told Politico.
Clinton raised over $1.2 billion during the course of her campaign, and won nearly three million more votes than Trump. But, Trump campaigned harder in select states and turned his $600 million into a strong win in November.
Democrats seeking to rebuild in 2018 made a huge move in hiring a finance director with arguably the single best fundraising history in modern politics, but Democrats seeking to overturn the House Republican majority in Congress will need to mimic Trump’s very effective ground game in order to reach their goals.
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