(CNN) – The group working to keep control of the House in Republican hands raised $9.9 million in March and finished the first quarter of the year with $31 million cash on hand, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Over the course of the first three months of 2014, the NRCC said Sunday it raised $21.2 million, its largest first-quarter haul since 2003.
Its counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, outraised the Republicans in the first quarter. The DCCC announced last week it raised $10.3 million last month, $23.6 million for the quarter, and had $40.2 million in the bank by the end of March.
It had help from President Barack Obama, who has committed to headline at least six fundraisers for the group, one of which he did in the first three months.
Democrats need to pick up a challenging 17 seats this November to retake the majority. Political handicappers consider that a tall order, considering the shrinking number of competitive congressional districts nationwide.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.