August 15th, 2008
01:27 PM ET
10 years ago

RNC reports $26 million in June, nearly matching McCain

McCain and the RNC are well-positioned financially.

McCain and the RNC are well-positioned financially.

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee reported Friday it raised $26 million in July, a fundraising haul that nearly matches John McCain's campaign during the same timeframe, and had approximately $75 million cash on hand.

The RNC and the McCain campaign combined began the month of August with $96 million cash on hand, a total that may keep pace with Barack Obama and the relatively cash-strapped Democratic National Committee.

Earlier Friday, the McCain campaign announced it had raised $27 million in July, the presumptive Republican nominee’s largest one-month fundraising total to date. The campaign also said it had $21 million cash on hand, all of which must be spent before the party's convention in early September because of McCain's choice to accept federal campaign dollars. The Republican Party is free to spend its money through Election Day.

The RNC also announced Friday it had surpassed one million individual donors this election cycle, while the McCain campaign said 600,000 individuals had donated to the Arizona senator. Earlier this week, the Obama campaign announced it had passed the two million donor mark.

Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee have yet to announce their fundraising hauls for the month of July. For June, the Illinois senator's campaign reported raising $52 million with more than $72 million cash on hand. The DNC raised $22 million during that time period, all of which was available to spend.

soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Cue the Republicans now, whining about how they are still major underdogs, and Obama is a bum.

    August 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Dianna Spencer


    August 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    You'll need it.

    My friend.

    OBAMA 08

    August 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. ANGIE

    That poor kid well looks like my friends and family will be donating more to obama and btw obamas money is not from LOBBISIT!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Yeah

    McCain is going to protect you from people whos skin is lightly darker than your own! And if anyone gives us lip we will bomb them! Vote McCain '08!

    August 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Jack from Freedom USA

    The good old GOP pooling their money together for another "bought election" produced "wall street slick" .

    If John McCain thinks a Barrack Obama presidency will bring about economic disaster he should look around – "WE ARE ALREADY THERE" – brought on by 7 years of Republican total rule (corruption).

    Now, the republican party is gathering enough money to make sure that those trillion dollar tax breaks that almost totally favor the rich republicans, stay in place. Wow, just spend a few hundred million and get multiple trillion dollar tax breaks in return – NOW THATS RETURN ON INVESTMENT!

    BUT, most of us are NOT RICH, so we are going to vote for our own financial security and vote DEMOCRAT across the board.


    August 15, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Jimmy P - Chicago

    Plain & simple, liberals are pathetic deadbeats who would rather the government dictate and support them in any fashion than control their own lives. Bunch of fools! Obama is such an empty suit.. He wants the useless UN to introduce a bill condemning Russia for it's actions. Has the idiot forgot, or more likely never realized that Russia holds a permanent seat and has veto authority. Keep talking numbnut!

    August 15, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Chickens of injustice

    The DNC is cashed strapped because OBAMA stole the nomination.

    The democrats will lose in Nov.

    Obama lost the election for the democrats when HE, his campaign, his supporters and cult following decided that using the strategy of agitating vitriolic ANTI-Hillary hatred was the path to victory.

    Rather than run on his own merits, Obama decided to run a HATING on Hillary campaign.

    That NOT only divided the democrats but backfired on Obama as the chickens of hatred come home to roost

    August 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. 45 yo white female democrat for McCain

    After sending more than I could afford to Hillary, I will save my money but give McCain the most valuable thing I have. My vote! Hillary let me down by rolling over to the lesser candidate but hopefully a viable female democrat will step up next term. The american majority wants Hillary now but she quit on us. Shame.

    August 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Karen in Florida

    So all of you Obama supporters – if Obama is so great, why has he had to outspend by triple what others have spent on primary campaigns just to stay in the game? If the DNC and Pelosi hadn't been propping him up from Day 1, we wouldn't be in this ugly situation now.

    For the Obama supporters who will undoubtedly say their usual:

    I am NOT a Republican. Registered Democrat for decades. Just don't think I'll be able to stay one after this last nightmare of a joke.

    I am NOT a racist. Just because I don't trust Obama doesn't make me a racist. I have researched his voting record among other things and I just don't trust him. And it ISN'T the color of his skin, and it ISN'T his middle name. His ethics are in question and boy is he a short timer in DC to be having THAT problem already!

    Why do you Obama supporters get so nasty whenever anyone has the temerity (look it up) to disagree with you? Afraid we will find more chinks in his armour? Why don't you understand that attacking others for their views is NOT the way to get them to consider your point of view?

    Not much more fond of McCain.

    Overall disgusted with the intelligence and nastiness level of the people posting on these blogs. Sad that it has come to this.

    August 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Pat F


    Typical Democrat – either you agree with them or you're Brainwashed!

    Because they are the Chosen, Those Who Follow the One Who Will Lead Us Into the Light. OBAMA, Seig Heil!

    The Cult of Personality goes on....

    August 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Jon Centerville

    Well glad to see they can raise so much money!!!! Why don't the two parties combine their finances and bring this country out of debt!!! These are sad sad times when we choose the leader of the free world by how much campaign money they can raise!!! Makes me SICK!!!!

    August 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. WAW

    Republicans had a filibuster proof Senate, huge majority oin Delay-ville and the White House and look at where they got us. Like they are qualified to even comment on the economy? Look dudes, your country club dues are going up, so quit you whining.

    August 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Sophia,23-OBAMA VOTER

    OBAMA–LATE..? August 15th, 2008 1:40 pm ET

    When the little girl asked: Why do you wnat to be President ?

    Obama answered: A rock hit me in the head and now it is too late.

    America do you want this "I'm not sure" man in the

    WHITE HOUSE ??……….think !!

    ??????????no?????????no???????????NO, NO is right.????


    OBAMA '08

    August 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. People make no sense

    $27 million, how do you think Cindy hurt her arm? McPimp.

    August 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Shari, NY

    Don't want to put an old geezer, so you put an innocent child who is just as oblivious to a possibly dismal outlook. The ones in the middle are not given the photo op because it is obvious who's got their heads on. Cute little girl though. Bless her heart!

    August 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. karen-phoenix

    I have been a republican all my life(64 yr. old). Never again will I vote republican. Most of them need to go back to school and learn what humanity, honesty and careing mean! THe republican party has become a party of rich narcisstic old pompus men!!!!! NO MORE FOR ME!!! Go Obama

    August 15, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama destroyed the democratic party and the democrats chances of winning in NOV.

    He prematurely grabbed for power- no experience, no qualifications, no accomplishments, no track record and NO vetting.

    He played dirty- maligning and destroying Hillary Clinton and painting HRC and all her supporters as racist inbred morons.

    Obama cheated at caucus.

    Obama mocked and ridiculed Hillary (Annie Oakley, brushing her off his shoulders)

    Obama was boastful about his ability to unify.

    He blocked votes from being counted.

    SOMEHOW... He thought all that cheating and hating was a way to unite the party and inspire hope.


    August 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Sam

    We need to hear about McCain affairs. I hope that pastor brings that up this weekend. CNN is afraid to do so. Why???????????????

    August 15, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Mike

    All that Money and still McWhiner crys that he is the under dog and has a smaller staff than Obama. (sniffle)

    August 15, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Bob (NC)

    "Americans are scared of Obama – Donate large sums to McCain"

    August 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. "Dancing Queen"?

    Can the RNC or McCain say they do not accept funds from lobbyist or PAC organizations?


    Do they count these organizations as a single entity or include gross members in their donor totals? After the last eight years of Republican distortions, I would tend to guess the latter unless the media is willing to investigate it.

    August 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Chickens coming home to roost

    Obama played dirty Chicago style politics against members of his own party.

    That was ugly, divisive and hateful.

    That went counter to his campaign theme of change, hope and unity.

    He was worse than the same old style politicians he criticized.

    Cheating is NOT winning and Obama will cost us democrats the NOV election.

    As his friend said about the chickens......

    August 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |

    Poor brainwashed child. She has no idea what she is doing and why she is holding a sign for McGrandad. Her parents probably are racist.

    August 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. anonymous

    John – I fear you are the one misguided. Under NOBAMA's plan, we'll all be in deep do do. Better rethink and recheck his plan or plan to get on board the depression train because he will give us all a ride on it and, what a ride it will be. Has any democRAT wondered how and with whom's money he plans to do all he promises? All you idiots hear is change, change, change. How??? What what??

    August 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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