September 17th, 2009
06:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate GOP bests Democrats in fundraising

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senate Republicans raised more money last month than their Democratic counterparts and the GOP has more cash-on-hand 14 months before the midterm elections.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised nearly $3.1 million in August compared to the $2.2 million the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) collected during that same time period, the two political operations reported on Thursday. The NRSC said it has $5.1 million in the bank, while the DSCC noted it has about $6.7 million. But Democrats also reported carrying a $2.9 million debt, while the GOP stated it had no financial liabilities.

In 2010, Democrats and Republicans each have 18 Senate seats up for re-election. The GOP must defend six open seats – four that are expected to be competitive: Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio. Democrats have to defend two open seats and as of now one of those contests, Illinois, is considered competitive.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Moderate Democrat

    In 2010, Democrats and Republicans each have 18 Senate seats up for re-election. The GOP must defend six open seats – four that are expected to be competitive: Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio. Democrats have to defend two open seats and as of now one of those contests, Illinois, is considered competitive.
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    Numbers don't look good for republicans. Looks like you could be even more screwed then you are now. That's what happens when the world discovers you are nothing but a bunch of racist morons.

    September 17, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Peter

    Once people come to their senses....The Dems will still win, by a landslide...

    Dems for the next 40 years

    September 17, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Reagan was wrong

    Well yeah the GOP is the party of the rich. Why is this news?

    September 17, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. victim of republican greed

    It looks like the health insurance industry has been busy.

    September 17, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. JayG

    Yea and this is after Obama being in office 8 1/2 months. I cant wait until next year when people are even more furious with him and the biggest problem he will have called INFLATION! Hope Obama makes the best of his 1 and only term.

    September 17, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    Wonder how much of that GOP money came from the insurance lobby. A lot?

    September 17, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    The power of Insurance Companies' Money.

    Will it never end?

    September 17, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. ib

    People are finally seeing the light on these far left wingers; middle American will take our country back in 2010.

    September 17, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Lynne

    Just means the Republicans are more in the pockets of lobbyists and big business. Pathetic that success in a democratic society that the money you raise is a metric rather than the good you do for your country.

    September 17, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. joanne miller

    Its all well and good that Mrs Obama chooses to plant vegetables and hold a farmer's market and clog up traffic. However, wouldn't it be nice is she was a role model to all the unwed, poor, uneducated, teenagers in the District? AIDS and HIV are rampant in DC. Also, the crime in the District is disgusting. The Nation's Capitol should be free from crime. It is a shame that the District has such a high crime rate; on the bus, on the Metro, on the street. Any time of the day, criminals are preying on citizens. Mrs. Obama; if you need a pet project, take the lead. Jane Fonda founded a program in Atlanta helping teen girls get out of the trap of early motherhood. Eventually landing on the welfare roles. Address the high crime rate. What will it take to wake up the White House to its neighbors?

    September 17, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. welches, oregon

    Why is it supposed to be that the part with the most money should win an election?

    Those Party Of No You Can't Have Anything We Have members can raise all the money in the world – but that will not win them elections. We all know their smear and lie tactics now and don't listen to them. We laugh at them.

    September 17, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. www.robmillerforcongress.com

    I've already contributed to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and to Rob Miller for Congress (Joe Wilson's 2010challenger) this month.

    How do those groups and candidates measure up to their Republican counterparts?

    Btw, thank you for reminding me to donate to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), too!

    September 17, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. centerleft

    Don't worry folks it all insurance lobby monies. Once health insurance reform pass it will dip. The Dem shall rise.

    September 17, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. They call me "Tater Salad"

    Thats because the GOP's money comes from Corporations, and special interest groups that have "lots"of money! (thanks to the GOP) While the Democrats get their money from actual people who don't have very much! Not exactly what one would call a level playing field! And also not exactly what one would consider news either! (except CNN, and Fox Noise)

    September 17, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Abbott

    That increased fundraising will only encourage more nonsensical claims against Obama - the GOP is filling its coffers by scaring its constituents to death.

    September 17, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. That one guy

    No financial liabilities, that's what I would like America to have. But Bush and obama screwed that up.

    September 17, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    Just goes to show how many stupid people are out there.

    September 18, 2009 12:26 am at 12:26 am |