Democratic Party Enters 2021 in Power — and Flush With Cash, for a Change

Democratic Party Enters 2021 in Power — and Flush With Cash, for a Change

“The party rarely invests in places where there could be a future race, a future battleground,” she said, singling out Texas and North Carolina as states for more investment after Mr. Biden flipped Arizona and Georgia in November and Democrats won Senate seats in both states. Democrats’ hopes in Texas and North Carolina fizzled in 2020 at the presidential, Senate and House levels.

In a show of confidence, Mr. Biden is keeping some of the same leadership staff at the D.N.C., including Sam Cornale, who is being elevated to the top staff position as executive director. Mary Beth Cahill, a longtime party operative whom Mr. Biden chose as the party’s chief executive in mid-2020, is staying on as a senior adviser as well.

Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Mr. Biden’s former campaign manager and now a deputy chief of staff, said the president and D.N.C. enjoyed “an historically close partnership” last year that will continue. Mr. Biden “is committed to investing in continued party building and collaboration with the D.N.C.,” she said.

The Republican National Committee will also file its financial disclosures on Sunday as party officials take on the complex task of untangling its finances and operations from Mr. Trump’s. In the aftermath of Mr. Biden’s victory, the R.N.C. raised more than $250 million in tandem with Mr. Trump as he promoted baseless conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud; the party’s share was 25 percent of the donations in December.

As for Mr. Harrison, he will most likely face immediate and increased demands for financial assistance now that the depth of the party’s resources is public. A senior party official stressed that a significant share of the money is locked into accounts that are restricted to three purposes: legal fights, building needs and conventions, including approximately 90 percent of the $40 million still to be transferred from the joint account with Mr. Biden.

Mr. Dean, who spoke with Mr. Harrison this week, urged him not to heed requests from the top Democrats in Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, when they inevitably ask for money to shore up particular candidates. He said the key was focusing on investments that last beyond individual campaigns.

“That money has to go outside the Beltway,” Mr. Dean said. “Schumer and Pelosi are going to want to keep it inside the Beltway — and the answer is no.”

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