October 14th, 2010
04:34 PM ET
4 years ago

RGA breaks fundraising record

Washington (CNN) – The Republican Governors Association reports that it raised $31 million over the past three months, bringing the amount of money it has brought in this year to $59 million. The RGA's haul is three times the amount that the Democratic Governors Association says it fundraised in the third quarter of this year. The RGA says that prior to 2010, it never raised more than $30 million in a single year.

The RGA says it had $31.5 million cash on hand as of the end of September.

"While our fundraising haul will allow us to compete in a record number of states, we know the real measure of our success will take place in 19 days, so we are taking nothing for granted," said RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers in a statement.

The DGA announced last week that it raised around $10 million from July through September, bring the amount it has brought in this year to $27 million, with approximately $13 million in the bank as of the end of last month.

The DGA announced last week it pulled in $10 million for the same period, ending with $13 million cash on hand.

The RGA says it has received contributions from more 36,000 donors, compared to less than 2,500 donors in 2006, and it adds that nearly 95 percent of all donors have contributed $1000 or less.

Ayers announced the RGA's figures on Twitter. "Our govs, staff & donors worked extremely hard to give us the resources necessary to compete against the DGA and labor unions," he wrote, adding that "In 17 states we have spent more than 1 million dollars. In 9 states we have spent more than 3 million. 6 states more than 5 million."

He also said that fundraising totals included no foreign money.

The RGA's total for the 2010 election cycle included $1 million in contributions from Fox News' parent company, News Corporation. The DGA said that they raised more than $1 million to match the contributions
Nineteen governorships held by Democrats and 18 held by Republicans are up for grabs in November.

While the battle for control of Congress dominates the headlines, the fight for the governorships is extremely important. Next year, governors will have a big say in how the new Census numbers are used to alter congressional districts in their states.

The RGA's impressive numbers may also have an impact on the next election as well, as it gives fundraising bragging rights to RGA Chairman and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is considering a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Please Florida don't elect that creep in the background to be your Gov. Scott is a total fraud and shiester. Why do the Republicans keep running such creeps for Governors across the nation? Whitman, Scott and Paladino are the sleaziest candidates ever to run for office. The GOP should be ashamed of these frauds.

    October 14, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. stufthis

    Personally, I have seen all the non stop TV commercial crap I care to see from the republican culture of corruption in Florida. If the add isn't about Rubio lying to take back his comments about : raising the age of social security and cutting benefits and denying his plan to keep the tax cuts for the wealthy or his plans to add two trillion to the national debt. We get Rick Scott's mom saying, "He's a good boy," like he is a little puppy who took the fifth 75 times after stealing 1.7 billion from medicare. Add in Rove and the Chamber of Commerce, and that buys every commercial slot.

    October 14, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Augsbee

    Big deal, the DCCC is spending $60 million and raised $15.9 million in September. Both parties and the divisions have enough money for campaigning.

    October 14, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. stufthis

    GOP Scorched. . .
    Don't forget LePage and Brewer in you list of sleazy candidates.

    October 14, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Pretzel Logic

    That's great because I'm certain it's all in the form of small donations from concerned citizens of the US. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go make some Unicorn soup.

    October 14, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Uh Oh!!

    This is crazy!!!!! RNC 59 Million and DNC 30 Million. I don't care if you are Repub or Dem, Conservative or Lib...we all have to agree that all this money being spent on electing people (that may not even do anything or just cause problems). Why are we not using all of this donated money, from corporations most likely (expecially for the RGA with that new SCOTUS law, so i'm not surprised the number is so high) to use on the PEOPLE. 59 mil and 30 mil thats almost 100 mil just right there and there are only 300 Mil people in this country. What is going on with this country.

    October 14, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    I have had just about enough of the party of NO (NO solutions, NO ideas, NOTHING!).
    I am tired of the slamming of the President but they don't have any plans to change anything. Do remember we had surplus under President Clinton and bush not only depleted the surplus but got us into two wars and the wall street mess. Can you imagine how well off we would be as a Nation and individuals if that money had stayed here and helped us?
    The rethugs' big gun is the half term governor from AK screeching about absolutely nothing! How anyone can stand two seconds of that women's voice is beyond me.

    October 14, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. one voice

    what do you expect when the 5 radical RIGHT-Wing Supreme Court Judges allow unlimited donations from Foriegn entities to the CROOKED GOP. They are ALL in bed together and OUR American Dream will be IMPOSSIBLE. Our Forefathers are rolling over in their graves in shame by the actions of the CROOKED GOP AND THEIR FOLLOWERS.

    October 14, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Augsbee

    GOP Scorched Earth Politics
    Floridians don't need Alex Sink as Governor when records show that she was using the State plane to pick up and drop off her husband and family members while she was conducting state business flying with her staff.

    October 14, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. one voice

    That money doesn't include the secret MILLION DOLLAR ENVELOPES the CROOKED GOP receive from their CORPORATE MASTERS. And the CROOKED GOP complain about a little pork. LOL

    October 14, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. vic nashville tn

    More than 36000 donors

    59000000 /36000 = $ 1650 Rich party
    They will advocate no social security ,no health care . no public school , no minimum wage tax cut for Rich No wonder

    October 14, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Fight the power!

    You can tell these guys didn't earn the money from the people it came from corporation money. The Repupublicans have a lower approval rating then the Democrats. The Democrats just need to keep going door to door." We have to fight their millions of dollar, with our milliions of voices" President Obama.

    October 14, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. ron

    Let the GOP have their way and we all will be making minimum wage.

    October 14, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. hermit

    I thought we were in a recession. I could not afford to give even though I would like to. Seems like the thousands of donations to the republican party are lot better off financially than I am. That scares me. As a little person I don't have a voice.

    October 14, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Hugo

    Here is one for you, if NO solutions, NO ideas, and NO Nothing equate to the diametric opposition of ideologies thus far crammed down Americas throat then there are at least 18 million unemployed Americans ready for some NO. President Clinton's surplus was at the expense of National Security and snuffing out Osama Bin Laden, his failure was passed on to Bush who had to deal with 9/11. Of course it cost money to fight terrorism, Clintons deregulation of mortgage banking and with Greenspan's mortgage derivatives trading formulated under his Administration along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac subprime mortgage fraud led us into this economic quagmire, not the Republicans. Get the facts Marie, watch the Congressional hearings with Maxine Waters and Franklin Raines, you can do it!

    October 14, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Hugo

    Rick Scott all the way! Cut spending, cut bureaucracy and return civil liberties to Florida citizens. Florida is probably the second most regulated State in the Union, you cannot even water your own lawn anymore without some government bureaucrat coming and harassing you. People have silently stood by while our State government has regulated us into oblivion, the pendulum is swinging baby and it is coming back from way out there in the left. Let's hope the momentum carries it right back to where we need to be to be an economically prosperous State. So all of you imports that have swarmed and brought your liberal crap to our State, if you love New York, take I-95 North with Alan Grayson in your trunk!

    October 14, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Haren

    In this economy if they are raising this much money than, MIDDLE CLASS WAKE UP you are falling one more step closure to poverty.

    October 14, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. stufthis

    Is Hugo saying that the GOP is not responsible for the idiocy of Bush and the republicans who controlled both houses of congress? It appears that all the child like uninformed denying right wingnuts can do is blame someone else for the ineptness of the republican culture of corruption.

    October 14, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. stufthis

    Rick Scott all the way to federal prison! He is now being investigated on another matter of wrongdoing.

    October 14, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. stufit

    Great, the republicans have raised almost as much money as the corrupt unions have given to the Democrat liberals from out stimulus money that the inept, incompetent, corrupt, lying, union toady president gave them.

    October 14, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Haren

    Hugo,
    No more spin from you guys.
    Two war, huge tax cut to rich and medicare part D to blame for this mess.
    If some body gives you free money would you not accept that?
    Don't blame people who bought house but blame people who gave them mortgage in first place and bundle them in derivative to create ponzi scheme.

    October 14, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Larson

    With the way the Democrats have governed this is no surpise. I am surpsied they have not raised more but like a lot of people like me sent money to third party groups and it has been money well spent. See you in November...

    October 14, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Lisa P

    Sounds like someone's trying to buy themselves a whole heap of favors. No one beats Republicans at corruption.

    October 14, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Just watch how they redistrict their states in 2011...

    October 14, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Lori in St Pete

    Believe me scorched earth, scott will not be the next governor of Florida, and with any luck Governor Sink will ask AG Gelber to look deeper into scott's business practices with regard to Solantic and he'll be doing the perp walk with that mouth breather rubio right behind him.

    October 14, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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