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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