Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is touting its latest fundraising figures.
The RNC reports it brought in $6.7 million in June, bringing the amount the party committee raised in the first six months of this year to nearly $37 million under Chairman Reince Priebus, who took over the committee in January.
The RNC reports having $7.3 million cash on hand, with the committee's debt down to $17.5 million.
"Grassroots and major donors continue to come back to the committee," said an email from the RNC to reporters Sunday night. "The committee has raised more major donor money through June of this year than the RNC raised in all of 2009 and 2010 combined."
The RNC saw an exodus of many top contributors during the two year chairmanship of Michael Steele. The RNC was nearly $25 million in debt when Steele was defeated in January for a second term as chairman. Much of that debt was racked up during the 2010 midterm election cycle. The GOP won back the House of Representatives, made major gains in the Senate and also scored big victories in the battle for governorships and state houses last November.
But the RNC figure lags behind what they raised in the first six months of the last cycle, under Steele, and their numbers for the first half of this year are far behind fundraising figures for the Democratic National Committee. The DNC, in coordination with President Barack Obama and his re-election campaign, brought in $38 million in the second quarter and nearly $58 million for the first half of the year.
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