Washington (CNN) - The Senate GOP re-election committee was out raised last month by its Democratic rival, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee says that when debt is factored in, the two party committees are on near equal financial footing.
The NRSC Friday announced that it brought in $3.18 million in fundraising in November, with $6.4 million cash on hand and no debt. At the beginning of the week the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced that it raised $5.1 million last month, with $12 million cash on hand and debt of around $5 million.
The DSCC touted last month's haul as its best non-election year November fundraising total ever, and some of that credit goes to President Barack Obama, who was the main attraction at some top dollar fundraisers last month for the committee.
When it comes to yearly fundraising totals, the DSCC remains around $16 million ahead of the NRSC, but the GOP Senate re-election arm says their Democratic counterpart underperformed last month.
"President Obama's plummeting numbers have dragged Democratic Senators and candidates down with him over the last two months. Despite being the recipients of multiple Obama headlined events -which would be expected to bring in between $3-4 million total – the DSCC only managed to raise a total of $5 million in November, meaning less than $2 million was raised outside of the President's shadow," said NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. "Turns out that Senate Democrats fundraising claims are all hat and no cattle and with the map rapidly expanding, that's another ominous sign that their Majority is slipping away."
The DSCC was quick to respond.
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"The DSCC has now outraised the NRSC by a whopping $16 million dollars on the cycle and we have double the NRSC's CoH. Without a doubt, the NRSC's monthly fundraising woes strengthens our ability to protect the Democratic majority next year," DSCC Press Secretary Justin Barasky told CNN.
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.