DSCC says record haul helped keep control of Senate
December 3rd, 2010
02:45 PM ET
3 years ago

DSCC says record haul helped keep control of Senate

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $127 million this past election cycle, the most they've ever brought in during a midterm election season.

According to records filed Friday, the DSCC raised $19.9 million from mid-October through mid-November, spending $33 million during that period.

While Republicans made a net gain of six seats in the midterm elections and seven in the overall cycle, Democrats did retain control of the chamber, and will have a 53 to 47 majority in the next Congress, including two independent senators who caucus with the Democrats.

"Senate Democrats beat back the Republicans this year in part because we outraised the other side," DSCC Executive Director J.B. Poersch said in a statement. "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee broke several fundraising records this cycle – demonstrating a continued commitment from Democrats to prevent a return to the failed policies of the past."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $112.3 million during the midterm election cycle, with $19.4 million raised and $30.8 million spent from mid-October through mid-November, according to numbers filed with the Federal Election Commission.

"The NRSC's strategic investments on behalf of our candidates nationwide paid off as we turned the tides and captured seven new Republican seats this cycle and elected 13 new Republican Senators on Election Night," NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer said in a statement. "We are grateful for the outpouring of support that we continue to receive from voters across America as we fight to rein in out-of-control government spending and restore accountability in Washington."

The NRSC heads into the next cycle with $519,326 cash on hand and a debt of $6 million. The DSCC has $713,000 in the bank and a slightly larger debt of $6.7 million.

In 2012, 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs are currently held by the Democratic coalition, with just 10 Republicans up for re-election.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. stufit

    Don't ever worry about the DSSC. The unions have lots of money that they steal from their members to support the democrat liberals and then Obozo gave them all of that "stimulus" money. The DSSC is really a wholly owned subsidiary of SEIU like ACORN and AARP.

    December 3, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    And yet they still lost 6 seats. Pathetic.

    December 3, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Bill

    Looks like neither party can even control its own spending, let alone the government's. A sad situation.

    December 3, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Of course AFTER the elections we find out the TRUTH! The truth is that the DemocRATS and main street media were lying (real shocking huh?!) to everybody about all the Republican money from nefarious sources. Total LIES, just like everything else these leftists spew.

    As for it being credited with maintaining control of the Senate, I really doubt that. And I doubt that all of the DemocRAT senators that lost their job think it helped. And what about all the losers in the House? Helped get thrown out is more like it!

    Trust me... all the money in the world isn't going to save the corrupt union owned DemocRAT party in 2012. Dead party walking...

    December 3, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Why didn't the record haul help keep Democratic control of the very important electoral states of OH, PA, FL, and MI?

    December 3, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. PKBIS

    Why wasn't money poured into the extremely important states of OH, MI, PA, and FL? They will possibly end up costing the Dems the White House.

    December 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Of course AFTER the elections we find out the TRUTH! The truth is that the DemocRATS and main street media were lying (real shocking huh?!) to everybody about all the Republican money from nefarious sources. Total LIES, just like everything else these leftists spew."

    THE TRUTH: The Dems don't have organizations on the scale of Crossroads and the Chamber of Commerce to collect money from corporate interests and advertise on their behalf. The amount of money poured into the CoC by insurance companies alone is obscene. SEIU and AARP, mentioned by your fellow tinfoil hat wearing zombie above, can't compete with that...not even remotely. Moreover, ACORN wasn't a fundraising organization. It registered voters. That's it. And the reason it was so hated by the GOP is because the more people who turn out to vote, particularly minorities, the more likely the GOP is to lose...that's a FACT...which is why the GOP rants about unproven, unsubstantiated, rarely-if-ever found voter fraud to suppress it from happening.

    "As for it being credited with maintaining control of the Senate, I really doubt that. And I doubt that all of the DemocRAT senators that lost their job think it helped. And what about all the losers in the House? Helped get thrown out is more like it!"

    Hey dopey,. This is the DSCC we're talking about...as in the Dem. SENATORIAL Campaign Committee. It has nothing to do with Dems who are running for the House.

    December 3, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    The republicans also did quite well from their foreign donations. If you want to sell out America, vote GOP.

    December 3, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |