New numbers in Senate fundraising battle
December 20th, 2013
08:24 AM ET
7 months ago

New numbers in Senate fundraising battle

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.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP liers always have an answer for every thing, usually a lie. Maybe it's because most of the country doesn't like the incompetent and their agenda all for the top 2% and tax brakes for big oil .

    December 20, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. smith

    It`s all about the money. This is the problem with both parties, they are in the pockets of special interest groups. Gop-Koch Bros, corporations, contractors, and etc. Democrats-Soros, hollywood, Bloomberg, unions, and etc. The sad truth is the dems and gop don`t care about you, they care about their sponsors(special interest).

    December 20, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Seriously, CNN? You want us to indulge in a grumbling session over who has outperformed whom on fundraising? THIS is what Republicans are running with as an excuse for their abysmal polling numbers? Having spent the past few weeks reading comments from Republicans, I can only say that not only are they running scared, they are running scared enough to lash out at the most insignificant of "issues" as to be laughable.

    Rush Limbaugh and Pope Francis. Megan Kelly and Santa Claus. Bill O'Reilly and Christmas trees. Sarah Palin and the Duck Dynasty millionaires cashing in on A&E.

    Please proceed leading your party forward, President Romney.

    December 20, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. jpmichigan

    DELUSIONAL!! The American people are tired of the spin and rhetoric from the Democrats. Passing bills into law (ACA without reading it, then the President changed the ACA so many times( without Congress approval) it doesn't matter what the Dems do, nearly 6 Million Americans lost their healthcare on top of the million who think they bought healthcare through exchanges only to find they aren't covered. Change is needed with the ACA, repeal and start over, the RIGHT WAY.

    December 20, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. bill

    dem party in debt. tell me it ain't so.

    December 20, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. Michael MN

    So really – congress acts in its interist of pleasing those with the most cash to waste to make promises to get that cash – LEGALIZED bribery

    December 20, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. A True Conservative

    The Dem's are in debt?? I would have NEVER guessed that.....thank God they don't run the country like that...oh....wait....my bad......

    December 20, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Get used to IT tea potty! 3 more yrs to spew ur hate @Obama

    "...but the National Republican Senatorial Committee says that when debt is factored in, the two party committees are on near equal financial footing."

    Let's do the math for my ignorant tea potty friends & the NRSC...Democrats raised $5.1 million last month, with $12 million cash on hand and debt of around $5 million. So lets pay off the $5 million leaving $7 million cash on hand and the GOP tea potty said it's the same amount to their roughly $6 million???...got be kidding me!!! Lol

    marinate on that!

    December 20, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -A True Conservative

    The Dem's are in debt?? I would have NEVER guessed that.....thank God they don't run the country like that...oh....wait....my bad......
    ******************
    Still only looking at the parts of the data you like...typical shoddy conservative thinking.

    December 20, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |