October 20th, 2010
09:35 AM ET
3 years ago

DNC touts large fundraising figures


Washington (CNN) –
The Democratic National Committee says it has raised $11.1 million over the first 13 days of October, a figure that the organization says puts it on pace for one of its best fundraising months ever for a midterm election cycle.

Wednesday's release of partial monthly fundraising figures is a rare move by the DNC, but it appears to be a push by the party committee to portray Democratic voters and contributors as energized. Most polls conducted over the past few months indicate that Republicans are more energized and enthusiastic to vote than Democrats.

"As the president has been traveling the country firing up voters, and as the Republican plan to take us back to the failed policies that nearly wrecked our economy has become clear, our fund raising has taken off," says DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse. "And, while Republicans are scaling back their field and voter contact efforts, we are spending more than ever on efforts turnout normally reliable midterm and surge voters."

A source confirms to CNN that the DNC will file a report Thursday on the new numbers.

The DNC raised more than $16 million in September, a monthly record for a midterm election year. The Republican National Committee announced it brought in $10.3 million in September, dramatically up from their August total but more than $5 million less than the DNC.

CNN has reached out to the RNC to see if they plan on releasing mid month fundraising figures for October.

Outside groups, such as the Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, have been raising and spending millions on political advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts, with much of that money directed towards Republicans rather than Democratic candidates and causes.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Angus McDugan

    The money the DNC is receiving is obviously from Iran and North Korea.

    October 20, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    The GNC can spot the DNC a many-million dollar head start and then more than make up for it with corporate money and undisclosed donations from the Koch brothers. The Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited donations, and the rich and the corporate are trying their best to buy the election. Yes, the unions are also donating heavily to democrats, but their totals are peanuts by comparison. We desperately need contribution and spending limits. Term limits would be even better.

    October 20, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Gale

    Well, where did all that money come from? Isn't that what the Dems say when Republicans raise money? Foreign money, unions, bailed out banks and lending establishments? All those "poor" democrats couldn't raise that kind of money, only rich Republicans. Yeah, right. Why is there always double standards for the Democrats. Oh, yes, ask Pelosi, she knows "everything" even what you want in health care, she just hasn't told us yet?

    October 20, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. USNDV

    Just a reminder ! When nancy and Harry took over Jan 07 The DOW was 12,500 unemployment was 5% gas was $2.26 and the debt was 7.8 trillion NOW ! 10,500 unemployment 10% gas $3.33 and worst of all 13.6 trillion and rapidly climbing . Thank you dems ,keep digging and we will get out of this whole.

    October 20, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    The most serious threat to our country is the influence of money in our government, from large amounts spent on elections and voter influence as well as K Street lobbyists. Advancing countries such as China do not have this detriment. They move forward while we are mired down in the mud.

    Maybe we should just abandon elections and give the government to the highest bidder.

    October 20, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. HorkusMac

    Gee....The way you hear it in our media, only Republicans garner huge amounts of campaign cash, as if there are no wealthy Democrats. Maybe the $11,100,000.00 raised in 13 days came from piggy banks, mattresses and change jars across the nation, since no businesses ever donate to the Dems. They are part of the evil GOP, right?

    October 20, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. stufit

    A lot of our hard earned tax money was funneled went to the corrupt unions just for this purpose. In supporting the corrupt, unions this president has no equal.

    October 20, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Dave

    I am assuming that this is mostly foreign money.

    October 20, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. lauperzone

    george soros and foreign union money go a long way eh? no wonder dems want socialism here, their party is being funded by socialist countries! (did that sound as overdramatic and hilarious as a lib rant?) hahaha

    October 20, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. PalmReader

    This whole Republican enthusiasm and engergy factor is getting old. Fast. Whether or not I am as energized as, say, my republican counterpart, won't affect the fact that while I might not be skipping in glee to cast my vote ... I WILL vote. We know the reason why this is such a big Republican talking point though, don't we? Democrats are kicking butt with ground canvassing, and all the Crossroads money in the world can't stop that.

    October 20, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    most of that money came from foriegn interest groups associated with Kenya, China and Iran or associated with HUSSENI obama muslims. Why doest CNN look into it, oh thats right they are owned by HUSSENI Obama and the Dems, just another untruthful bias media.

    October 20, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. keepstufingthis

    See the liberal moderator of the ticker is doing their thing again. ignoring conservative comments and closing sections for comment about the corrupt, inept, incompetent, president they worship is going on the DNC sponsored Daily Show with Jon Steward, to join him in his smug, arrogant, elitist act.

    October 20, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Blkman

    How about the republican's stupid policy DID reck-HAVC on economys world wide. Why is the media in DENIAL of this?

    October 20, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. LacrosseMom(real one)

    My husband and I, registered Independents donated to the Democrats. We need to keep the TeaPartiers OUT of the House & Senate!

    PLEASE, folks, do some research and decide wisely whom to vote for!

    October 20, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Present and accounted for. Most of us might not be as 'vocal' as the opposition but we will donate and....vote.

    October 20, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Right Leaning Independent

    Please be sure and follow up with the list of donors so we can initiate a boycott of their businesses as Move On did to Target!!

    October 20, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Ron

    I find it simply amazing how much money is thrown around in elections, especially when this country is still suffering badly from a recession. May the sky really isnt falling like the media tends to present.

    October 20, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Grundoon

    Forget the polls!!! The money is where the true story is! Read 'em and weep GOP! Union contributions pale in comparison to the deep pockets of the anonymous donors the GOP has. This is grassroots money and it's going to be Democrats all the way! Woohoo!! Election day can't get here fast enough.

    October 20, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Dale

    Can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-a-c-y. Theres one piece about the Democrats' ad blasting the money the Republicans spend and then this piece is about the record amounts the DNC has raised to buy the elections. Is there a double standard here? And forget the BS about foreign money in the Chamber of Commerce and the undisclosed donors because the Democrats could be tarred with the same brush.

    October 20, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |