Senate Democrats show off fundraising totals
December 16th, 2013
09:22 AM ET
9 months ago

Senate Democrats show off fundraising totals

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Democrat's re-election committee is touting what it calls its best non-election year November fundraising haul ever.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Monday that it raised $5.1 million last month, and some of that credit goes to President Barack Obama, who was the main attraction at some top dollar fundraisers for the committee.

The DSCC, which raises money in support of Democratic senators up for re-election and Democratic Senate candidates, also reports having $12 million cash on hand and debt of $5 million.

The committee says its November haul brings to $48.6 million the amount of money its raised this year.

The rival National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will release its November fundraising totals later this week. Through the end of October, the NRSC had brought in just shy of $30 million, with $5 million cash on hand and no debt.

When it comes to fundraising, the DSCC says that congressional Republicans are actually helping them.

"The reckless and irresponsible Republican agenda remains wildly unpopular and Democrats across the country are energized," said DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil, in a statement.

The Democrats currently hold a 55 (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) to 45 majority in the Senate, but they are defending 21 of the 35 seats up for grabs in the November 2014 midterm elections.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2014 • DSCC • NRSC
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. jpmichigan

    Makes no difference how much money they raise to run for/again for office, the American people have been fooled to many times and have paid/paying the price.

    December 16, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. rs

    Well that ought to cap off the idea that the ACA has wrecked the Deomocratic brand.

    December 16, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Count on me too....

    December 16, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    The lies about ACA by the baggers are starting to catch up with them. Those of us who live under the rule of republican governors have just about had enough of their anti American agenda.

    December 16, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. CB FL

    I don't have much to give so I will be giving to Charlie Crist here in FL. I think we need to pay special attention to the Governors. This is where a lot can get done for the middle class. Congress is gridlocked.

    December 16, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Tampa Tim

    The lies about ACA by the baggers are starting to catch up with them.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That and their open warfare on women, the poor, the elderly, the sick and pretty much anyone who isn't an angry wealthy man.

    December 16, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. rs

    Tampa Tim

    The lies about ACA by the baggers are starting to catch up with them. Those of us who live under the rule of republican governors have just about had enough of their anti American agenda.
    _____________________
    I am guessing you saw the study released this past week that showed that one measurable negative health factor for individuals was whether or not your state was controlled by the GOP. It appears already that the collective barring and removal of millions of Americans from Medicaid, and the refusal of Republican Governors to expand Medicaid is starting to mean earlier deaths, more disease and reducaed quality of life in those states (see: Yahoo Health)

    December 16, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Threatening to cause the nation to default on its debts and, yet again, losing that battle while getting absolutely nothing should be a great first step in evening out the Dems' fundraising lead. Please proceed, GOPers/Teatrolls....debt limit brinksmanship and hostage taking that gets you nothing is absolutely brilliant!

    December 16, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "The reckless and irresponsible Republican agenda remains wildly unpopular and Democrats across the country are energized,"
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    And those morons cost us taxpayers $24 billion dollars. That's something we won't forget and will echo all the way up to election day. The ACA is roughly $800 million dollars. For you to shutdown the government and cost us the revenue you did over the LAW was highly irresponsible and we will hold you accountable.

    December 16, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    rs wrote:

    I am guessing you saw the study released this past week that showed that one measurable negative health factor for individuals was whether or not your state was controlled by the GOP. It appears already that the collective barring and removal of millions of Americans from Medicaid, and the refusal of Republican Governors to expand Medicaid is starting to mean earlier deaths, more disease and reducaed quality of life in those states (see: Yahoo Health)
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    Good call. Thiss was my next talking point. Millions may have lost their old health plans because so many insurers made the predictably inevitable changes to their plan offerings, but the Repubilcans are denying any health care plan to nearly 5 million people because of the refusal by GOTP governors to expand Medicaid.

    December 16, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Downhill We Go

    Ok, so the Dems have $12M on hand, but have debt of $5M. The GOP has no debt !!! Doesn't this tell you something? Dems love to spend, but not when it comes to paying off debt. To the left, a debt is a fictional number that if/when they have to pay it back – want it to come from the pockets of others.

    December 16, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. wendel

    And I will send more money this month. Anything to help the DNC rid the world of the repo clowns.

    December 16, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Conrad Chaffee

    "The Senate Democrat's re-election committee is touting..."

    What, the Senate only has one Democrat now?

    December 16, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "Ok, so the Dems have $12M on hand, but have debt of $5M. The GOP has no debt !!! Doesn't this tell you something"

    Yes, it tells me that the GOP/Teatrolls are living in an unrealistic, irrational, absolutist ideological fantasy that posits that the presence of any debt whatsoever is indicative of bad financial management and fiscal policies.

    December 16, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Dems love to spend, but not when it comes to paying off debt. To the left, a debt is a fictional number that if/when they have to pay it back – want it to come from the pockets of others."

    Where did the article say that the Dems are not meeting their debt service obligations? And hello, Jethro, we're talking about entities entirely funded by donations...they are, by definition, getting their money for ALL operations out of "the pockets of others," and that includes the GOP/Teatroll organization.

    December 16, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Sniffit

    And why isn't CNN reporting this accurately? Ryan just spent the weekend confirming that the GOP/Teatrolls intend to take the debt ceiling hostage again after XMass.

    Let's put that in it's simplest form: They're voting en masse for a 2 year budget deal that requires raising said debt ceiling and then they're going to refuse to raise it.

    And the MSM doesn't want to report it as precisely that simple because it highlights just how completely and utterly hypocritical, irrational; and underhanded their behavior truly is.

    December 16, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Downhill We Go

    Yes, $16T of debt is irresponsible. Do you manage your own debt like that – just rack it up with zero intention of addressing it? I thought so. Yes, so it is irresponsible. Listen, there are programs I don't favor being cut (i.e. defense, veteran benefits, etc..) but it has come to a point in time to put on your big boy/girl pants and address the issue with tough decisions. All programs need to be looked at and cut if we are ever going to resolve the financial woes (and that includes the social programs).

    They are playing us as fools, both sides. Example, why is it that the new budget deal cuts the retirement for military veterans but stays miles away from their own retirement? The men and women who served for 20+ years took an oath, signed a contract, and wrote that blank check on the promise of a retirement. Our fearless leaders in Washington can serve a short while in office and walk away with a full package of unearned retirement packages. As a veteran myself, I find this appalling. I am not defending the GOP here, I just think they are willing to address the debt more so than the Dems are. It's time for personal accountability and responsibility for all.

    December 16, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Woman In California

    "Dems love to spend, but not when it comes to paying off debt. To the left, a debt is a fictional number that if/when they have to pay it back – want it to come from the pockets of others."

    ...And what two REPUBLICAN presidents caused the great depression and the great recession?

    December 16, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Gunderson

    Well,
    Okey Dokey,
    Send those good democrats your donations. Old Gunderson no know why some people want put Government in charge of Pocketbook. Be nice if some of you start paying fair share not ask republican's pay it. Sad democrats sell you bunch of goods and you buy it. As long as peasants in charge of government expect more goofy policies that take you nowhere but further in debt.

    December 16, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "As long as peasants in charge of government expect more goofy policies "

    Well, Captain Babytalk, at least you admit to the GOP/Teatroll belief in plutocracy and rule-by-wealth.

    December 16, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Downhill We Go

    Yes, $16T of debt is irresponsible. Do you manage your own debt like that – just rack it up with zero intention of addressing it? I thought so. Yes, so it is irresponsible. Listen, there are programs I don't favor being cut (i.e. defense, veteran benefits, etc..) but it has come to a point in time to put on your big boy/girl pants and address the issue with tough decisions. All programs need to be looked at and cut if we are ever going to resolve the financial woes (and that includes the social programs).
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    Let's not forget how we got here. "Deficits don't matter."

    FY2001/2002 = $300 billion surplus [ 1st year of a Bush budget ]
    FY2008/2009 = $1.5 trillion deficit [ 8th and final year of a Bush budget ]

    Under Ronald Reagan's first term, the national debt was tripled and annual deficit ballooned by a factor of ten. George H.W. Bush once described "trickle down economics" as "voodoo economics". He promised "no new taxes", but was forced to raise them in order to pay for Reagan's unsustainable budgets and was universally condemned by the right wing.

    December 16, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. rs

    Gunderson

    Well,
    Okey Dokey,
    Send those good democrats your donations. Old Gunderson no know why some people want put Government in charge of Pocketbook. Be nice if some of you start paying fair share not ask republican's pay it. Sad democrats sell you bunch of goods and you buy it. As long as peasants in charge of government expect more goofy policies that take you nowhere but further in debt.
    _____________________________
    Oh, yee of fake accent, please do explain how 40 years of tax cutting for the rich and corporations and overspending by Republicans built jobs in America. Oh, yeah, it didn't!

    December 16, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |