Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says it out raised its rival, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, last month.
The DSCC reports Monday morning that they brought in $4.1 million in May, about a million dollars more than what the NRSC reported raising last month. The DSCC says they've raised $18.62 for the 2012 election cycle and have nearly $8 million cash on hand.
Democratic criticism of the Republican plan to alter Medicare may be behind the big cash haul.
"The game changer this last month was the Republican plan to end Medicare. It is helping motivate Democratic donors in every corner of the country, helping us out raise the Republicans and surpass our own fundraising goals," says DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil, in a statement.
No word from the DSCC on how much debt the committee carries. It stood at just over $4 million as of May 1. The NRSC reported late last week that they've paid off all their debt from the 2010 election cycle.
Democrats currently have a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate. They are defending 23 seats (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) next year, with the GOP defending 10 seats.
The NRSC quickly responded.
"If Senate Democrats would really have people believe that Medicare was a 'game changer' for their fundraising, then how do they explain why they've raised $4 million less than at this point in the last Presidential cycle, while Senate Republicans have raised $5 million more? The numbers don't back up their spin," says Brian Walsh, NRSC Communications Director, in a statement.
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