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. Obama BinBayh?

    Sent $5C to McCain in June, another $2.5C in July, and another $1.5C to John this month. In September & October, I plan to deposit $2.5C each month into the RNC coffers. This election cycle will see me contributing at a rate of 4X my previous high contribution for a presidential election cycle. I urge everyone ...who doesn't want this country's future to fall completely into the hands of ignorant, short-sighted, self-centered liberals like Pelosi and her brood line up financially and spiritually behind the campaign of John McCain.

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

    It is sad that liberals think everyone is...a liberal and nobody would donate his time and money to anyone besides...a liberal.

    August 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. 18,000,000 plus the disenfranchised

    We shall overcome this radical ,Obama!

    August 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. PJ

    Now the RNC wants to put out there they have over 1 million donor. I guess they have to do anything to keep up they are LOSERS!!!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    August 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Des Moines Guy

    "Open Your 3rd Eye: Just wait until Barack's numbers come out : ) YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET JOHNNY BOY."

    I sure of it. Since a good chuck of Obama's donations come from large donors.

    August 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Wisest one of All

    Good job! Someone needs to stop the racist empty suit candidate Hussein Nobama!

    I still have yet to hear Nobama or any of his supporters give a reason for voting for him other than "yes we can".

    The man has absolutely no clue, and no plans for the US. Proven fact!

    August 15, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Nick

    Corey, Maryland-
    Comments like this are perfect eveidence that Obama supporters are more guilty of the "fear mongering" they constantly throw around, then McCain is.
    Are we done yet?-
    The only people that hate McCain are Obama supporters, and they have only hated him for 3 months now. Before that he was Maverick.

    August 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Nick

    I read CNN blogs all day and there is rarely, if ever, an intelligent comment. Only campaign talking points, plus McLame, McWar, McMoron, McShame, etc, etc, etc. or Nobama, empty suit, socialist. messiah.

    August 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    I wonder if the Obama 2 million donor mark is counting the Hillary donors who now are part of Obamas' e-mail? I have been bombarded with request for donations by both the DNC and Obama. I only reply to Hillarys request for donations. I will not donate to the Dumb Nuts Committee, nor will I donate to Obama. He does not need me or my vote, at least that is what the Obama-bots keep telling me. I will write in Hillarys name in November whether it is counted or matters or not. My vote matters to me..

    August 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Obamanation

    Obama's dirty politics will end up backfiring and costing democrats the election.

    People who would NEVER consider voting republican are now feeling forced to do exactly that.

    The alternative is to vote for Obama and to encourage the demise of the democratic process and to give rise to a new strategy: cheating, stealing, race-baiting, hating fellow democrats and threatening your way into a nomination.

    August 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. jeremy

    Enough August 15th, 2008 1:37 pm ET

    This will most likely be deleted by CNN..but the question of the century since extra marital affairs are surfacing in the news…why is it there's no mention of McShame's recorded affairs??????

    I agree with this lets find out about his 1st wife, that waited for him while he was a POW. She got ill and he began a 6 month affair with low and behold CINDY. I know cnn will not post this but we have to get his true side out too! OBAMA 08

    August 15, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Connie

    To Marin: I am one of those stupid people voting for Obama, I am sure you were one of those idiots that put Geo.Bush in for two terms and now are willing to put Georges twin John McSenile in the white house now.The RNC is getting all there money from those high dollar people that know if Obama is in the white house they are going to pay more taxes. LOL OBAMA/BAYH 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 15, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Obama is the dumbest candidate ever

    Good. Maybe they can compete with the money "supposedly" donated by "2 million" donors, but actually money funneled through to Obomber.

    August 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. FEDUP

    Nikki,Flordia...Brainwashed you say. One thing I have learned in life is never argue with an expert.

    August 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Joe Kiloz

    O B A M A C A N N O T B U Y H O N O R .

    August 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Roberto

    Lot's of rich donors trying to insure that the gravy train forthe rich doesn't get derailed. If you have any brains and you think America is not about making the rich folks richer and crapping on the rest of America, you'll vote for Obama.

    August 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Tommy

    I'm sure his good buddy's GWB and Dick Cheney helped him with a good money laundering scheme for all the dirty money he's going to be getting.

    August 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Sheople yes, people not so much

    Americans are saying: ANYone but Obama.

    Obama played dirty:
    Obama labeled an ex-president of his own party as a racist- just to secure himself the AA vote.

    Obama encouraged his vitriolic supporters to ridicule and debase HRC in any way possible- monster comments, bro before ho comments, C. U. Next Tuesday buttons, mocking HRC with his silly Annie Oakley antics, arrogantly brushing HRC off his shoulders.

    Obama was cocky and boastful and felt he could just charm all the HRC supporters to vote for him if he were the only democrat left standing.

    Obama thugged his way to caucus wins.

    Obama blocked votes from counting and then blocked a revote.

    Obama stole the nomination from the true winner.

    Obama fooled the sheep but not the thinking people.

    August 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Left and Gone

    The sleeping giant is awakening, and the arrogance of the Obama supporters astounds me. Who will you blame when McCain wins? Hillary? It certainly won't be Obama's fault, nothing ever is.

    August 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Enforcer

    Be you IntellectualSavyDemocrats, especially the Hillary sour grapes, or the RichLobbyistLaddenRepublics, especially the Septogenarian McCain, you are all full of hot air, empty promises, and bullcraft. And those of you who espouse your support for either of these candidates, you are all uninformed and decrepit. America got into this mess we are in right now because of your bigoted support for these political sharks and wanna-be sharks. They say what you want you to hear.

    Vote McBush out of the RNC. Vote Obamie and Hillary to Oblivion as well. Vote Independents, perhaps!!!

    Get back to work and get a life!!!

    August 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Dee

    McCain let himself get captured as a prisoner of war. Would you want such weakness in the whitehouse? See how everything can be spun to fit an agenda.

    Obama 08.

    August 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. empty vessel

    This great man Obama does not have ANY lobbyists on his campaign and he takes NO money from big oil.

    The above is factually uh, uh, uh inaccurate or a lie as some would say. The truth is all candidates have lobbyists and all candidates get money from big oil.

    Do your homework before posting and voting.

    Obama did say "typical white people", Obama did say that if his daughters got pregnant "he wouldn't want them punished in having a baby" , his wife did say "American is a downright mean country", she did say "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of this country and only ONCE did she add in Really proud" to name a few of their actual remarks besides HOPE and CHANGE.

    McCain is no prize, but if Obama and his lack of experience are off limits, what do we base our vote on, his words and his actions and group of friends that include a terrorist who held is his intitial fundraiser, a convicted felon who gave him a couple of sweetheart deals and a preacher who hammered the country and aint exactly a friend to white folks.

    Holding my nose for McCain and begging him to choose Condi or Powell.

    August 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Hello!!!

    I have officially decided to vote for McCain. I was going to possibly vote for an independent, or third party candidate, or just not vote at all……but DAVID GERGEN has just convinced me to vote for McCain.

    August 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    Looks like Obama's not doing as well as he should in terms of fundraising, either.

    Considering how much Obama outspent Hillary in states like Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania – only to lose the primaries in all three -, and then blew off states like Kentucky and West Virginia in order to avoid having to face the public humiliation of similar defeats, I'd say that Obama has nothing to look forward to in November except an electoral humiliation of historic proportions.

    I'd wonder if his ego will be able to take it, but I really don't care.

    Too bad our party leaders failed us all so completely..

    August 15, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Vincent

    lucy August 15th, 2008 1:33 pm ET

    In an interview with McCain about his liking of ABBA music .
    OBAMA was quoted saying people like ABBA music and the Name
    alone of the group, Because it sound like ABBAMA.

    GET a freaking Life OBAMA.


    Making things up on the fly? Freak

    August 15, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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