Senate Democratic committee shows its money
June 20th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
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Senate Democratic committee shows its money

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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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    With 23 seats to defend compared to the GOP's 10, I'd venture to say they're going to need it.

    June 20, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Patrick from Minnesota

    Maybe the top donors for the GOP are holding back right now?

    June 20, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. John

    The Republican will lose control of the house In 2012. And they won't win the white house either. They will all so lose seat In the Senate. The Republican have to go, what a bunch of Clown.

    June 20, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Ancient Texan

    John- In your dreams! Ain't going to happen; America has had enough of the progressive/Marxist administration and will make their voice heard in 2012.

    June 20, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. ABM

    Please put that money to good use and call out the GOP as a bunch of immature school kids. After the 'leadership' use of a presidential impersonator I am disgusted with the direction they have taken. I am registered republican and I am disgusted. I will make sure my vote will be to sweep this lunacy out.

    June 20, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. gt

    to many in the senate think there seats are for life , on both sides... and the mess were in now was caused by many who are in the senate now.. new blood.. both sides...

    June 20, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Anonymous

    lesson the repugs are defending these corporations taking taking trillions of dollars out of our economy and bring it to other countries to hide from the tax man. lesson if we have the lowest taxes in 50 years and they wasnt hiding money when Clinton, the bushes and Reagan was in power, whom had higher taxes. why are the repugs defending them building up other countries with trillions of tax money, obama should have raised the tax when he first got into power we would have had at least half of that money in the treasury department by now, instead we are losing money by the day.

    June 20, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:
    With 23 seats to defend compared to the GOP's 10, I'd venture to say they're going to need it.
    ==================================
    So what. The GOP's sole stated purpose is the White House.

    June 20, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. FM

    Not only to "end medicare" will help Dems to raise more money, but also what Republicans campaigned for last Nov. and have not delivered. Where are the JOBS republicans??? Where are they????

    June 20, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. jj

    They've raised 18 dollars and 62 cents for their re-election campaign, huh CNN?

    Breakdown:
    -$5 from Sasha's grandpa for her birthday
    -$3.62 that Biden found in the old Oval Office couch before it got tossed
    -a $10 bill Obama found in his pants pocket one morning (he loves when that happens!)

    June 20, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    John wrote:
    The Republicans will lose control of the house In 2012.
    =====================
    Not only that, they fear that they will lose seats in both the House and the Senate.
    The extreme views show the depth of the panic.

    June 20, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |