Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee Friday said it raised $8.5 million last month, bringing to nearly $68.7 million the amount the party committee has brought in this year.
"After a record-setting August and September, we have added another $8.5 million in October. The RNC has nearly $13.5 million cash on hand. In the past nine and a half months, we have added over $13 million to our cash on hand and have retired over $10 million in debt," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
The RNC touts that its major donors and grassroots supporters are returning in large numbers, adding that the average contribution they received was $54.
"Their support has empowered us to build an effective, competitive operation to defeat Barack Obama in 2012," Priebus said.
The Democratic National Committee brought in more than $7.9 million last month, with some of that coming from the Obama Victory Fund.