Democrats top GOP last month in Senate cash battle
April 9th, 2014
09:23 AM ET
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Democrats top GOP last month in Senate cash battle

Washington (CNN) - In the 2014 battle for the Senate, the Democrats' "best month" beat out the Republicans' "best month."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported Wednesday that they raised $8.1 million in March, their best month of fundraising this cycle. The Senate Democrats' re-election arm says it's now brought in over $74 million since the beginning of the midterm election season, and they have just over $22 million cash on hand with zero debt.

The DSCC's big haul was helped, in part, by President Barack Obama, who headlined two fundraisers for the committee last month.

The DSCC's numbers come one day after the rival National Republican Senatorial Committee reported that they raised over $6.3 million in March, their best fundraising month this cycle. The NRSC said they've brought in more than $16 million since the start of the year, and added that they have nearly $16 million in the bank.

The committees' fundraising figures are considered one of many indicators of a party's strength heading into the midterms, and of course the money raised by the committees can be used for research, get-out-the-vote efforts, and ads that can help their candidates.

RNC touts first quarter fundraising haul

Key races to watch in 2014

While party money is an important indicator, the increase in massive spending by outside groups, thanks to a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that changed the rules and opened the floodgates, has also become a key factor in elections. The biggest spender this cycle to date is the conservative group Americans For Prosperity. The group, backed by the deep pockets of billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch has shelled out more than $30 million since October to run ads, most of them focused on health care, that attack Democrats and praise Republicans.

"Republican Senate candidates up and down the map have chosen to advocate for the Koch agenda that's good for billionaire special interests but bad for middle class families across the country. As a reward, the Koch Brothers are pouring unprecedented millions into false attack ads aimed at boosting these Republicans, but Democrats have a strong grassroots network and thousands of generous donors across the country helping us raise the resources we need to fight back," said DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil.

Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Big bank break doesn't always break little bank. All that "KOCH" money being spent on misleading and negative ads are going to get the GOP nowhere. The truth about the ACA is spreading and the KOCH Boys and their political slaves are running out of cheap shots to throw at it.

    April 9, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Scott Truzinski

    What a bunch of hypocrites the Dem's are. They complain about the Koch brothers and their money, yet George Soros and all his ruch billionare friends are doingthe same with the Democrats. Democrats about un American as they come.

    April 9, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The rotten Supreme Court decisions have mobilized "Libruls" into action. The GOP is dead.

    April 9, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    Ignorant,liars,racist,lowclass republican/teaparty who uses "GOD'S"name to lie about so called religious believes will be a big "LOOSER"at end

    April 9, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. bcrunner

    It's good th Democrats did well last month. However, the Koch brothers can give that much just to one candidate all by themselves...

    To all the Democrats and Independents out there, small donations add up. Unless you want more tea party obstruction to continue, please help out...

    April 9, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Scott Truzinski

    What a bunch of hypocrites the Dem's are. They complain about the Koch brothers and their money, yet George Soros and all his ruch billionare friends are doingthe same with the Democrats. Democrats about un American as they come.

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

    Yeah, except the vast majority of dem contributions contiue to be less than $10, just as they have in previous elections. According to the article: Americans For Prosperity, just oneof the many groups fronted by the koch brothers paid more than $30 million since October to run ads against dems. JUST ONE OF THE MANY GROUPS – SINCE OCTOBER!!! Since you're OBVIOUSLY SOOOOO well-versed in the "hypocritical" dems, howsabout you share with the rest of the class how much "George Soros and all his 'ruch' billionair friends" have donated to Dem causes in the same timeframe?

    April 9, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. THE KOCH BROTHERS GOP STOOGES PARTY NEEDS to be VOTED OUT IN NOVEMBER !!!!

    Well, good for them take back the house!!!!

    April 9, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. rs

    Scott Truzinski

    What a bunch of hypocrites the Dem's are. They complain about the Koch brothers and their money, yet George Soros and all his ruch billionare friends are doingthe same with the Democrats. Democrats about un American as they come.
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    At least the Democrats work for America and Americans. I have no clue anymore what or who the GOP supports- except it sure isn't us.

    April 9, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    That should have been: Yeah, except the vast majority of dem contributions continue to be less than $100. Stupid "overwrite" feature has a mind of its own!

    April 9, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    Way to go.....SC, you are not erred, folks, go in groups, with I.d, because some Red states want to cut you from voting, be careful, vote "DIRECT DEMOCRATIC TICKET", don't care it was a lizard, lion, Tiger, cat. Just vote.

    April 9, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll campaign fundraising bragging article: nice photo of RNC emblem.

    Dem campaign fundraising article: hand holding large fan of $100 bills.

    Did you think that was subtle, CNN?

    April 9, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Lizzie

    ," said DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil." Of course he has to say everything the Koch Brothers say is a lie, and everyone of you believe what the democrats preach. No questions ask.
    Gurgyl, so that's the truth, you telling everyone they are denied voting, just because they are asked for an I.D.
    Plus your telling everyone 10 million have cheerfully enrolled in Obamacare, you get the word and you spread it, false or true, you don't care.

    April 9, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And they don't even bother trying to hide it anymore Sniffitt...

    April 9, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Malory Archer

    Lizzie

    ," said DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil." Of course he has to say everything the Koch Brothers say is a lie, and everyone of you believe what the democrats preach. No questions ask.
    Gurgyl, so that's the truth, you telling everyone they are denied voting, just because they are asked for an I.D.
    Plus your telling everyone 10 million have cheerfully enrolled in Obamacare, you get the word and you spread it, false or true, you don't care.

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    Very telling that you left Guy Cecile's statement out of your little tirade. However, considering the strawman you attempted to create, it's no surprise. From the article:

    "Republican Senate candidates up and down the map have chosen to advocate for the Koch agenda that's good for billionaire special interests but bad for middle class families across the country. As a reward, the Koch Brothers are pouring unprecedented millions into false attack ads aimed at boosting these Republicans, but Democrats have a strong grassroots network and thousands of generous donors across the country helping us raise the resources we need to fight back," said DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil.

    April 9, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. S.B. Stein

    It is ashame that it has become necessary to raise this kind of money to run for office. It would be better if there people who had great character and integrity would be able to run without the need to raise money like this. We also need a more informed electorate and more of the citizens voting because not enough do.

    April 9, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    --I say the truth, GOP is pretty much gone to dogs. Koch, Sheldon can spend all their ill-gotten money

    April 9, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. tom l

    I think it's so funny to hear all of the gang hear talk about 2 private citizens that have every right to do what they're doing. The most ironic thing is that they actually think their side tells the truth.

    April 9, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Denise

    Judging on Koch brothers' return on investment from last general election, I'd say Go For It bros....soooo many billions, sooo little time! They would be better serve to hand it out at tea party conventions so their followers could finally get that full set of teeth!

    April 9, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Scott Truzinski

    What a bunch of hypocrites the Dem's are. They complain about the Koch brothers and their money, yet George Soros and all his ruch billionare friends are doingthe same with the Democrats. Democrats about un American as they come.
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    You're comparing apples to oranges. The only reason that you can make complaints about Soros, unions, and other Democratic donors is because their donations are open and available for inspection. Your Kochs would much rather prefer to do their work behind closed donors, hidden from the public eye.

    Besides, as demonstrated by the 2008 Obama campaign, the majority of Democratic money comes from millions of small donors, who are ordinary people. Republcians cannot come close to matching that approach, so they change the rules.

    April 9, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Peace

    No more saying of Dems are not enthusiastic. If they are not, why are they making their high contributions? This tactic didn't work in 2012 and will not work come November. Keep engaged Dems.

    April 9, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Denise

    The only options left for the tea party folks to win are gerry mandering, cheating, recalls and as a last resort, they can always go running to the big bad government branch known as the USSC!

    April 9, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |