June 21st, 2010
11:54 AM ET
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Senate Dems outraise GOP but lag in cash on hand

In a month where a string of polls indicated that voter enthusiasm is on the Republican side, Democrats are stressing they outraised the GOP by more than $1 million.
In a month where a string of polls indicated that voter enthusiasm is on the Republican side, Democrats are stressing they outraised the GOP by more than $1 million.

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats outraised their Republican rivals in the month of May, but for the first time this election season, the GOP committee reports having more cash on hand.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee reported Monday raising $3.6 million last month, bringing the organization's total cash on hand to $18.1 million. The committee, charged with helping elect Republicans to the Senate, also reported Monday that it is debt free.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, meanwhile, raised $5 million in May and has $17.57 million on hand – about a $500,000 less than the Republicans. The Democrats have zero debt as well.

Democrats spent $4.56 million in May while Republicans spent $2.5 million.


NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh notes that in 2008, at this time, the GOP committee lagged its Democratic counterpart in cash on hand by $17 million. Walsh says the current fundraising totals are evidence of a "remarkable turn-around."

But in a month where a string of polls indicated that voter enthusiasm is on the Republican side, Democrats are stressing they outraised the GOP by more than $1 million.

The Democrats and Republicans are each defending 18 Senate seats this November. The Democrats currently hold a 59 to 41 advantage in the chamber, thanks to the support of independent Senators Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Saunders of Vermont, who caucuses with the Democrats.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. gt

    what a waste of money on both sides,,, how about 1 term then done,, then get a real job...

    June 21, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Wanda

    By the time you "talking heads" finish it will be the right and then the left and then you publish figures that contradict what you published before - the article closed on what you report but yes the White House is right - you have created a cable news addiction and like the United States public needed another addiction - and what you say is really just someone's opinion - do you think we cannot think for ourselves and form our own opinions - you all need to chill!
    REPORT SOME REAL NEWS FOR A WHILE!

    June 21, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Dano

    I'm sure the GOP can expect big contributions from oil companies wanting them to stall or kill any regulation of their industry. We're supposed to believe that they can be trusted to police themselves and with new drilling technology the chance of a spill is almost nil, right? RIGHT?

    June 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. sad

    we are no where as a representative democracy

    its entirely money

    June 21, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Stupid Moritorium

    Been a democrat all my life till this bunch got put in charge, now an independent and till this far left bunch of radicals are voted out of power, I will remain an independent no matter how much money is spent on commercials that lie, this goes for both sides of the aisle.

    June 21, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if there were no need to raise money for campaigns. Unfortunately, there is a need to pay for many things like commercials (and their production), mailings and staff to run the campaigns.

    June 21, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Da Professor

    What is that? One Republican lie per $1.?
    Seems about right.
    That other article about Palin calling a Dem a "liar" seems a stretch for her. Isn't she the one who sees Russia from her backyard and builds bridges to nowhere from nowhere?

    I really really really hope that broad is the Republican nomineee in 2012.

    June 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Angus McDugan

    That's because the dems are very good at what they do, and that is spending money they don't have.

    June 21, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Get A Grip

    Filthy rich Democrats just helping out other filthy rich Democrats.....Kerry, Kennedy's, Soros, Gore.....you know the ones. They're the ones that fool many who vote for them that they only want to help the poor all the while getting filthy rich.

    June 21, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Amazed!!

    GOP has more cash on hand.......hmmm couldn't be from BP and other oil company contributions could it???? I wonder how much on hand they'd have if they were forced to return the money to BP and the other oil company's???

    June 21, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There is never a breakdown of who contributed, just who has more. That information is never disclosed until people have voted.

    June 21, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. vegas01

    Sounds like a mirror image of their governance; collect more and have less when you are done.

    June 21, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    I'm sure the GOP can expect big contributions from oil companies wanting them to stall or kill any regulation of their industry
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    it's a real good thing the dems, don't get any big oil, big Wall Street, big union money either, right Dano, RIGHT??

    June 21, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. mms55

    i think you will see the dems out raise the reps throughout the year.november is going to be fun.

    June 21, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. doug

    Dano, BP has given more money to Obama than to any other politician EVER.

    But, if you want to go with emotional lies rather than facts be my quest, its a free country, for now at least.

    June 21, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Layla

    To Dano: President Obama himself is the largest recipient IN HISTORY in contributions from the oil industry.....$900,000 to be exact. Think he'd be willing to give it to the folks in the Gulf?

    Me, I'm giving my money to the Tea Parties. I am done supporting career politics.

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Billy J in Texas

    Dems have more money because
    A) They are the party in power and everybody from big corp to big labor gives more to that party
    B) The Republicans have done a great job of pissing off everyone who isn't watching Fox news. So the individual contributions for Dems are going to be bigger too.

    That spells more money for the Dems. I just wish they would get a little backbone and stop letting the Reps run their show for them.

    June 21, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |