September 21st, 2009
10:16 AM ET
5 years ago

RNC raises close to $8 million in August

The Republican National Committee reported Monday raising $7.8 million in the month of August, besting its Democratic counterpart by $1 million over the same 30-day period.
The Republican National Committee reported Monday raising $7.8 million in the month of August, besting its Democratic counterpart by $1 million over the same 30-day period.

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee reported Monday raising $7.8 million in the month of August, besting its Democratic counterpart by $1 million over the same 30-day period.

During a month of heightened GOP attacks against President Obama's health care reform proposals, the RNC also reported averaging 9,306 donations for each day of August and an average individual contribution of $41. The committee said it has $21 million cash on hand and $0 in debt.

According to a weekend filing with the Federal Elections Commission, the DNC raised $6.8 million last month, and has just over $15 million cash on hand. The organization is also carrying more than $5 million in debt.


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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Where is the surprise here? We've always known that the RethugliKlans, if nothing else, can always get their greedy little hands on money. As a matter of fact, that and lying to their clueless supporters is all they can and have done. Gotta hand it to them though, once they realized early on in the game that FACTS would detract from their ultimate goal of making President Obama (read country) fail, they've doggedly ignore said facts and pushed their selfish, irresponsible agenda on anyone dumb enough to listen to them.

    September 21, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. RIZOPAUSE

    Money being raised or not is all nonsense. GOP is for rich as DNC is for the poor or the middle class. Anything GOP does is so fake that it's easy to tell. Hillary lost to Obama so they went and got empty bottle PALIN. Obama won the election they went and found dumb STEEL. What else, we loose the battle for healthcare reform and we will see insurance spike up high because there is no competition. GOP too fake and it's all about politics and not the people. Took their leader 8 years to damage the globe and expect Obama a day to fix. The man is not even in office for a year yet.

    Stop being back biters, fake and actually LIERS, the country will get somewhere better. Bunch of empty barrells makes noise, oppose everything but gives zero ideas. Get real with life and bring yourself down a little to the poor and average, you will learn sense and actually contribute to the society. I bet many of you GOP leaders don't even know how much gas prices are.

    September 21, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    GOP was receiving money from every entity could they get from during the Presidential elections. A lot of good it did them then. Expect the same results now. It would possibly help if they stopped using said monies for their 'personal slush fund' huh Jidhal, Sanford, et al...? Crooks.

    September 21, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. S M R

    The Money recieved by the GOP are from Lobbiests, Special Interest Groups, Insurance Co. and the Rich. Their goal: the STATUS-QUO, which eventually will CHOKE OUT the MIDDLE CLASS.

    September 21, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Lori asks the GOP how they seriously intend to win national elections without the Hispanic and African-American Vote?

    Is this news? Republicans have raised a million more than the Democrats. What is more important is that President Obama still has the support of the majority of Americans and Americans still give the Democrats a 9 percentage point advantage over the Republicans. The Republican party has never been poor (we all know that-it is the party that is filled with a small percentage of the wealthiest Americans and many more poorer but socially conservative people).

    Republicans can raise money but can they win elections? Every poll and article states that the climate is sooo different than it was when Clinton was in power. Poor Republicans... holding on to such little hope.

    September 21, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. doug

    I am amazed that any of you on here would even entertain the thought of voting for a democrat. Any democrat again. They have sunk our economy, raised our deficits, raised unemployment to almost 10%, taken over private companies (that is why no one wants to buy cars from GM or Chrysler... see cash for clunkers), and have put tax cheaters in charge of the tax laws. You should think about your American brother and their well being over the well being of your democrat party. All this is why the RNC is having such success. Did you guys ever contemplate that all the "lies and fear mongering" you say the repubs are using may actually be the truth? Just something for you to think about.

    September 21, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Susan

    Isn't it amazing the Republicans snipe about the cost of health care, but have plenty of millions to throw away (Dems too!) by sending it the the RNC or the DNC or SarahPaC? Think how many people those millions and millions of dollars, which are mostly spent on ads that denigrate or flat out lie, could cover. America has really become a selfish, sad society in the past decade.

    September 21, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Barbara Indepdent in NY

    Raising all this money would actually mean something if it was done by promoting an honest message. Instead most of the things coming out of Republican mouths are half truths and in some instances (the president's plan has death panels) out and out lies. There are death panels out there though–they're called insurance companies.

    September 21, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. gtakamine

    It would seem that the hype against the public option has made many individual scared enough to donate large sums of money.

    There should be more transparency in finding who is donating what to whom. This would make a good indicator in how the country has reacted to the recent proposals for change. I am sure that there is a huge financial incentive for the insurance companies to donate money to those who oppose reform as well as those who are just really scared.

    On another note, people say the RNC is the party of the rich, but the DNC has aquired more money in the last ten years from donation from industries. This is according to followthemoney.org.

    Really though, does this money remind us of the millions without adequate healthcare or is this just another pointing the finger distraction to solving our nation's problem?

    September 21, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Jane/Seattle

    It has been shown in Republican Political Theatre time and again JUST HOW Effective FEAR, LYING, Swiftboating, Outright election fraud, appointing (Bush) Activist Supreme Court Judges, corrupt marriages to Corporations, manipulative Framing of the equally manipulated (think revised Texas textbooks) ignorant ill-educated American citizenry! I am embarrassed to even listen to these politicos of both stripes for so many are one and the same ilk-just a different name and face. My apologies to Bernie, Dennis, Jim et al as I do not include you. Mitt, Rudy, Bonehead, Graham, DeLayed, and the rest of this digusting crew of America Destroyers! Get out of Dodge, Boys. Your time is done and your ERA Is Past!

    September 21, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    With all of this money we should be able to give the Party a nice funeral.

    September 21, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Obama Victim

    if the Dems have 15 mil in cash.............why don' t they pay their 5 mil debt?? oh wait......that would be fiscal responsibility.....and these are, after all......democrats

    September 21, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. m jeff

    More money from cooperate America, so they can continue to screw the American people.

    September 21, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. S M R

    RNC is the Party AGAINST THE PEOPLE.

    September 21, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    I think this wave of support for the Republican Party from the hundreds of thousands of small donors is excellent. People who gave the Democratic Party a chance based on lofty campaign promises are realizing that these are not being delivered or made good on. Speeches and excuses are getting old.

    September 21, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Proud Member..Party of No

    Obama's disastrous and failed presidency are the best incentive for GOP fund raising.

    September 21, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Ken

    Wow, the health insurance industry is making on average $41 donations to the RNC!

    The wonderful thing about liberalism is you can believe any talking point you want, such as Bush caused the deficit (blowing billions, to Obama’s trillions), or the war on terror caused the deficit (a small increase in defense spending, after Clinton gutted defense and intelligence over the previous decade, while defense as a % of GDP continues to decline.) No need to investigate, or find facts, just spout emotional talking points over and over and over…

    September 21, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Kelby In Houston, Texas

    It doesn't matter how many fliers you pass out.
    It doesn't matter how many bill boards you put up
    It doens't matter how many ads you run on TV and radio
    It doesn't matter how much money you received from Big Pharma and the health insurance lobby
    We will never forget how BAD your party is at government.
    We will never forget how your party used Fear as a tool to manipulate The People into accepting bad policy.
    The majority of people are not as stupid or as forgetful as your base.
    Just because you have raised a lot of cash does not mean we are going to vote you back into power.

    September 21, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. howie

    The is much more coming the GOP way, Obama is clearly killing the democratic party.

    September 21, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Until the GOP realize they have a voters problem with appealing to most minority voters, money is not going to help the GOP win back the white house. GOP ,continue day in and day out, to diss minority voters and really believe the minority voters are not that important. Well, they will have to find out the hard way in 2010 and 2012.

    Please GOP keep up the good work and dissing the minority voters to appeal to your rich Corp. American white people that give you all finanical backing you can image. GOP-RIP.

    September 21, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Really

    It gets really old hearing people claim the Republicans are for the rich and the Democrats are for the poor. Give me a break. The Democrats are all about power and keeping the poor dependant on them. The Republicans stand for working hard and advancing one self so you do not have to rely on the government. The Democrats love the class system. Look at the leaders, Pelosi, Reid, Gore. They preach down to everyone but they do not practice what they preach. The Democrates are filled with hypocrites.

    September 21, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Lois

    Until they step up with the true moderate Republicans, and not the fanatical "base" running the show, it does not matter how much money they have. Where are the INTELLIGENT Republicans?

    September 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. EletterGen

    I just find comments that blame President Obama for the current mess to be amusing, as if they were ignorant of the 8 years President Bush was in office, not budgeting the wars in the middle east, thinking that all those bomb and airstrikes being done were free. Sure it's going to actually create a huge deficit when you budget in a war (they are expensive). Healthcare reform needs to come, Republican or Democratic solution, something needs to come of it and people need to stop being hyper partisan, be willing to compromise on this issue.

    September 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Deb (long island)

    Of course they are raising money like crazy. They want to regain the White House so that the middle class will certainly become extinct. Of course all the money republicans are donating heavily. Seems to me they would be the only people with money.

    September 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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