April 20th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
4 years ago

DNC fundraising falls short of Republicans

Tim Kaine, left, and Michael Steele are the heads of the DNC and RNC respectively.
Tim Kaine, left, and Michael Steele are the heads of the DNC and RNC respectively.

(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee reported receipts of just under $14 million during the first three months of this year, a cash haul that is more than $10 million less than that amassed by its Republican counterpart during the same period.

According to a DNC official, the committee raised nearly $12 million from January through March of this year and accepted a transfer about $2 million from President Obama's presidential campaign.

That compares to the roughly $18 million the Republican National Committee raised in the first quarter of 2009 and a $7 million transfer to the RNC from John McCain's presidential campaign.

The quarter was the first for both DNC Chairman Tim Kaine and RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

The DNC's cash shortfall comes even as Democrats have a president with sky-high approval ratings who hosted a multi-million dollar fundraiser in February.

But unlike Steele, Kaine is currently not allowed to raise money for the party because he is still serving as governor of Virginia.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jeff W.

    Yeah, I guess destroying the US has its drawbacks.

    April 20, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Jim - Kingston, Pa

    It would be in the country's best interest if the Republican party would just crawl into a little corner and die a slow, painful death.

    April 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Obama Victim

    American people coming out of the Obummer haze...........this guy will be gone in 2013

    April 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Lori

    So let me get this straight. The Democrats raised 14 million despite their chairperson not being allowed to fundraise and the Republicans raised 10 million more with their chairperson being able to fundraise AND fund deposited by the McCain campaign? Come on CNN, your article title is very misleading- to say the least.

    April 20, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If Gov. Kaine was allowed to fundraise, we would blow the RNC out of the water.

    April 20, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Venia PA

    Why would any sane person with a conscious donate money to the rnc? I mean seriously.

    April 20, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Weltenbummler

    Its probably because the Obama administration is doing all the work , getting things done to help the economy etc., etc. So the dems have no time for fundraisers. The GOP has nothing else to do instead of critizising and saying "no", organising fundraisers and tea parties. Its all a matter of setting priorities.

    April 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Ryan

    No reason really for the DNC to crank up the fundraising full throttle just yet. We are in control now. Thank god

    April 20, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Joe Terrogano

    Let's see the donor list from both sides. Who is supporting each Party?

    April 20, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |