October 8th, 2010
10:37 AM ET
4 years ago

RNC falls short of DNC in fundraising battle

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee raised $10.3 million in September, dramatically up from their August total but far less than the $16 million the Democratic National Committee brought in last month.

An RNC spokesman confirmed the numbers to CNN Friday. Earlier Friday a Republican source with knowledge of the numbers put the total at $9.7 million, which was first reported by the Hill.

The DNC unveiled their fundraising figures Monday. Neither party committee is required to report its fundraising totals until later this month. But the Democrats were eager to promote their big cash haul, as try to hold onto their majorities in Congress in the midterm elections amid a tough political climate that appears to favor Republicans.

The RNC's $10.3 million is about one million less that what had been projected for September. The RNC raised $7.7 million in August. The DNC brought in $11 million in August.

The September figures could be troubling for RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who has faced criticism for his handling of the committee's finances during his nearly 20 months steering the RNC.

But the Republican Party's Senate and House committees have been staying more competitive with their Democratic counterparts and outside groups, such as American Crossroads, have been raising millions and spending millions on political advertising and get out the voter efforts.

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(Updated 11:33 a.m. with additional fundraising numbers and sourcing)

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. La Piovra

    Pobrecitos. All they have to rely on now is the Fochtopus, the Chamber of Commerce, and all those foreign governmental and corporate donors who were enabled by the Citizens United decision.

    October 8, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Pollwatcher

    So much for that enthusiasm gap. Democrats are obviously getting motivated.

    October 8, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Why are Rush and his Mafia in hiding all the time?

    Dont worry,the scumbags have tons of money coming in from communists in China and other countries that is getting washed at the Commerce Department,but you wont here a peep from the teabags about it,they dont care what it takes or what lies are told as long as their people are elected.

    October 8, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Jackalope

    Ads for Republican candidates are being paid for by tens of millions in contributions from Middle Eastern and Asian countries that's being laundered by the US Chamber of Commerce. In addition, huge corporations are anonymously funneling tens of millions into attack ads against Democrats. Why should the GOP care about raising funds from actual voters?

    October 8, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Vote for freedom and economic recovery - vote R

    Yep, those corrupt unions keep giving to the democrats.

    October 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    It does not matter that the RNC fell short – they are getting all of their money UNDER the TABLE from foreign interest and BIG CORPs and BIG CORPs registered as SMALL BUSINESSES!!!!

    DEMOCRATS – Wake up and smell the CORRUPTION – GET OUT and VOTE in November 2010 – If you wait until 2012, it will be OVER!!!

    This is T'SAH from VIrginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 8, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. chad

    Democrats will actually perform better than predicted this midterm elections!

    October 8, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Sniffit

    It's partly...well, maybe mostly...because large corporations are funnelling their donations through Republican 527s and 501(c)(4) organizations. Outifts like Crossroads are raking it in so they can help keep corporate America suckling at the middle-class teat.

    October 8, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Haren

    We are held hostage by corporation demanding that we will not hire anybody till you give us text cut,allowed us to ship jobs,deregulate so that we can oil spill in Mexico, speculate market and ditch the economy with shoddy deal in wall street and last thing elect our friend republican in congress

    October 8, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Haren

    Well they don't have to raise money because Chambers of commerce is doing for them.

    October 8, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. vic nashville tn

    This report shows democrats more enthusiasm than republicans

    But foreign money and top 1% rich people money dominating the ad in the name of third party

    Where is Democracy

    October 8, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. diridi

    My fervent appeal to the nation, which love it....do not be indoctrinated by old thugs...do not vote GOP thugs....nation is in trouble because of GOP bastards...thugs....nation is messed because of Reagan idiotic economic policies, and Bush's idiotic war with Iraq....enough GOP thugs...in the nation...if you love America, just vote for Democratic candidate, be it dog, cat, or lizard...God bless!!!!!!!!!do not listen to idiotic lunees like John Bohner, Mitch McConnol, Eric Cantor, etc., SC elect Democratic guy...do not vote for that India's lady, she sells the state for 12 rupees....tell you the truth...

    October 8, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. LacrosseMom(real one)

    The RNC does not have to worry the Koch brothers & the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will come to their rescue with $$$.

    October 8, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. jeff, alabama

    The irony here is that it is a proven documented
    fact that conservatives give more to charities
    than liberals. But liberals will give more to
    political causes than consevatives. Then the
    liberals claim to be more compassionate than
    the conservatives. Makes you think who the
    party for the people really is.........

    October 8, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. PalmReader

    I wouldn't give my hard earned dollars to ANY Republican candidate again . . . ever. Been lied to, mocked, and held in contempt by this bunch of fools for too many years now. Whatever will be will be. I am comfortable knowing I did what I could to help the party that is actually trying to improve conditions in America versus the party of GOPer/TeaPer fools intent on taking this country back to the Stone Age, if only to appease their insatiable ego's and age old bigotry.

    October 8, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. terry, va

    What's up with the dumbocrap's fund raising? I thought the repubs were the party of the rich people. Ever since Obummie came into the picture the dumbocrap contributions are off the charts. I guess it is true that the Arab muslims are bank rolling him.

    October 8, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. stufit

    They have not sold out to the unions like the DNC, the money they are raising is a portion of the stimulus money that was given to the union bosses being funneled back to the DNC. It is our hard earned tax money being used to propogate control of the government by the slimy, corrupt unions.

    October 8, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |