Top fundraiser gone at DNC as fresh controversy throws party apparatus into turmoil

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After only five months on the job, the Democratic National Committee’s top fundraiser has been dismissed.

In a Democratic Party leadership shake-up intended to energize fundraising, sources close to the matter told Politico that their party’s finance director Emily Mellencamp Smith has been officially released from her duties.

“We are grateful for Emily Mellencamp Smith’s work to help build a fundraising team that will raise the funds to win in 2017, 2018 and beyond. Emily is going back to consulting and helping elect Democrats in upcoming races, including staying on in a consulting role for the DNC at this time,” DNC press secretary Michael Tyler said.

Ever since the surprising loss to Donald Trump last November, the DNC has struggled to raise funds from skeptical donors who have chosen instead to give more to specific candidates they support. And it’s no wonder, what with former chair Donna Brazile’s recent revelations that the fix was indeed in regarding Hillary Clinton’s victory over challenger Bernie Sanders in last year’s Democratic primary election.

Going into October, Federal Election Commission filings show only $7 million on hand for the struggling organization.

Total fundraising for the DNC from January through September of this year has only totaled $51 million, a far cry from the $104 million brought in by the Republican National Committee during the same time.

Mellencamp Smith has not responded to Politico’s request for comment.

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