WASHINGTON (CNN) - It appears September was a big fundraising month for the Republican National Committee.
The RNC announced Tuesday that it raked in $8.74 million last month and now has $18.9 million cash on hand with no debt. The RNC says it averaged 2,400 new donors per day in September, an off-year record and an increase of about 2000 new donors per day since February.
The RNC raised $7.8 million in August, beating the Democratic National Committee by around $1 million. The DNC has not yet released its September fundraising numbers.
"It is clear that the Republican message of lower taxes, less spending and common sense health care reform resonates with working families and small businesses alarmed by the course the president and Congressional Democrats have taken. As we move closer to the elections this fall and in 2010, these funds will enable the RNC to provide Republican candidates throughout the country the financial resources needed to help ensure victory on election day," RNC chairman Michael Steele said in a statement released by the committee.