Washington (CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $19.6 million in the first three months of 2011, a sizable amount as they try to regain the House majority in the 2012 elections.
The DCCC used the contributions to help slice $11.5 million off its debt, which stood at $19.5 million at the beginning of the year. As of March, the close of the first quarter fundraising period, the DCCC's debt was $8 million.
Further details will be released later by New York Rep. Steve Israel, who chairs the DCCC.
"This is the strongest off-year first quarter in DCCC history," said a DCCC official.