Counter Methodology

Since the start of the 115th Congress, elected leaders have spent

hours fundraising, instead of doing their jobs.


The counter is our best representation of how many hours members of Congress have spent fundraising since the start of the 115th Congress if they follow recommendations from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC).

It assumes members fundraise approximately four hours day, based on the DNC’s recommendations from a leaked 2012 Powerpoint slide, and an assertion from Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) and Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) that members are told to spend 30 hours a week fundraising. We have purposefully chosen to go with the lowest estimated number, four hours a day, to avoid inflating the results.

The counter begins on the first day of the 115th Congress, Jan. 3, 2017, and assumes a five-day work week, 52 weeks a year, for all 535 lawmakers.

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