Washington (CNN) – I'll take your $5 million and match it.
Just hours after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced that it brought in $5.1 million last month, which they say is the biggest monthly haul of the 2010 campaign cycle and their best January ever when it comes to fundraising, their GOP counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced that it raised $5.01 million last month. The NRSC also says the January numbers are their strongest of this campaign cycle.
When it comes to cash on hand, the DSCC says they have $12.9 million cash in the bank, with debt of $833,000. The NRSC reports $10.65 million cash on hand, with no debt. The two parties were nearly neck-and-neck when it comes to fundraising totals over the course of 2009: Democrats raised a total of $43.5 million while Republicans took in $41.2 million.
"Moving into 2010, the NRSC continues to build on our already-strong fundraising efforts with an expanding donor base that recognizes the critical importance of this year's election," says Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Chairman of the NRSC. "The fact that we have been able to remain competitive with our Democrat counterparts despite entering this cycle vastly outnumbered in the Senate and facing a record fundraising gap from 2008, speaks to the growing energy among Republicans and independents across the country. With each passing day, more and more Americans are making clear that they are tired of business-as-usual in Washington and will vote for new leadership in November."
"With these resources, we will make sure that In November voters face a choice between Republicans standing with Washington's special interests and Democrats who are standing up for them," says DSCC communications director Eric Schultz. "Democrats are energized when they see Republicans carrying water for the special interests in Washington day in and day out. Our supporters are driven to get involved when they see the other party standing with the corporate interests on any given issue."
Each party is defending 18 seats this cycle. Republican Sen. Scott Brown's victory last month in a special senate election in Massachusetts gave his party 41 seats in the chamber, denying the Democrats their 60 seat filibuster-proof supermajority.
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