Washington (CNN) - With less than a year to go until crucial mid-term contests, the Republican National Committee says they've raised what they call an off-election year record of money last month.
The RNC reports Thursday morning that they raked in $8.79 million in October, with $11.2 million cash on hand and no debt. The RNC says it has now topped one million active donors and that as of November 11, it has registered a record 305,000 new contributors this year.
The $8.79 million is up slightly from the $8.74 million the RNC says they raised in September. The $11.2 million in the bank is down nearly $8 million from the start of October, which reflects the large amounts of money the RNC spent last month to help Republican candidates in this November's contests. Republican gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia both won, grabbing back two seats held by Democrats.
"I am extremely pleased that the Republican National Committee continues to show solid fundraising numbers, and we are grateful to the countless Americans who have contributed to our Party. The elections in Virginia and New Jersey clearly showed the American people oppose bigger government, reckless federal spending, and higher taxes, and this enthusiasm for common-sense Republican principles is strongly resonating with our generous and motivated donors," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele in a statement.
"Thanks to our many contributors, the RNC is on solid financial footing as we continue build an organization to support our candidates and state parties in the election of 2010 and beyond."
The RNC's counterpart, the Democratic National Committee, has not yet released its October numbers. The DNC reported that they raised just over $8 million in September.
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They aren't getting a dime from me. I donate to the Democrats, not to the party of "no".
I see that the wealthy republicans and the health insurance industry still have money to donate, and have not been affected by the 8 year Bush 'reign of terror.'
Liberals, just aren't getting it. They have demeanded and degraded people who have legitimate concerns about the course this country has taken and angered many with their smarmy, arrogant ways. They can't really help it, they are products of union environments and the NEA controlled education system. The state run media will express all kinds of surprise at the results of the 2010 election because they are part of the liberal establishment.
More money coming in from the Insurance companies.
It is so unfortunate for our country....which is sliding fast downhill and second rated to China and India economically now, that we don't give our leaders but a few months to "prove themselves."
We are going to be back in Bush Country before you know it!
And we DESERVE it!
Last years election clearly showed Americans dissatisfaction with wreckless spending for the republican war mongering. They choose the rights of business over people.
Okay, where are they getting their money from? In these tough times, I doubt Joe Shmoe is giving money to DNC or the RNC. So where is all of this record money coming from?
Yes, we could compare all the synister people of the Catholic church with terrorist religions becase of a few child molesters, well maybe more than a few, but the theory still is comparable.
I wonder how much was from Insurance Companies.
This means nothing unless you can compare it to how much the Democrats raised. CNN: Let's see comparatives, not insipid announcements, and then we can judge who's doing better.
Payback for the progressives and the compliant media's "Audacity of dope" in electing this empty, empty vessel will be here soon enough, 2010 in fact.
You sheep don't think so, you are in for a rude, rude awakening.
Start scraping the Obama stickers off your car, he was so yesterday.
Lacrosse Mom and Sniffit etc, etc, start cleaning the crying towels and charging up the excuse machine, your going to need them.
Payback will be wonderful.
Lets hope that they spend a bunch of cash like they did in NY 23. They need more Hoffmans. Teabaggers Untie!
Of course they have. The heath care industries are bombarding them with money to fight against Health Care Reform.
Would be interesting to see a break down on where the money comes from.
Another "grasping at straws" RNC story. You can collect all the cash you want. It cannot erase the record of the Bush Administration or the GOP's insistence on putting itself before the interests of the country and its citizens.
Basically its Robin Hood in reverse: take from the poor and give to the rich. It makes me wonder what GOPer canidates are pledging for the devil's money?
You see the polling. Independents now have voter regret.
I just hope we can survive it.
It is all about money isn't it. Just think what good could be done by the $8 million raised in both Sept and Oct....but then again no one could write it off as a donation could they?
common-sense Republican principles??? I dont see where common senses in Bush-Cheney messy in 8 years!! I think Obama has lots of good common sense because he wants to help Americans. Steele never help me or us in Maryland, we suffer with loss of jobs in third times this year.
I'll be sending in money for the first time in my life. The country MUST be saved from the Democrats and their socialist/communist ideas and their insane actions like closing Gitmo and giving terrorists US citizen rights. They are a clear and present danger to the USA and must be met head on.
and the democrat bloodbath continues
Boy! obozo the clown is the best thing to happen to Republicans in years. 'He's our gift that keeps on giving.
I helped fill those coffers!!!!
Bring on 2010!
Why not a list of donors to go with these totals both parties are posting to see is buying the "favor" of both sides.
With all the Palin posts, especially the "excitement" over her new twitter" account, shouldn't CNN be demanding an interview with her? Or discussing what she is saying about "policy"? Your obsession of using this woman to try to boost her and your ratings just sink CNN more into tabloid journalism,
Gee all you Democratic, Obama worshippers, what does this say?