Washington (CNN) - With six weeks to go until election day, the Democratic party faces a tough political climate, but they have more money in the bank than the GOP.
Late Monday the Republican National Committee released their August fundraising figures, hours after their counterpart, the Democratic National Committee, showed their cards.
The RNC says they brought in nearly $8 million last month, but spent just over $8.5 million. The RNC reports having nearly $4.7 million cash on hand, with a debt of nearly $1.2 million.
The amount raked in by the RNC is around $3 million less than the nearly $11 million the DNC brought in last month. The DNC says it has $13.4 million cash on hand as of the end of August, with $8.4 million in debt.
(CNN) – While it remains unclear if national Republicans will run ads in Delaware supporting Christine O’Donnell, Democrats are already up with a spot attacking the surprise Senate nominee.
In the ad that launched Sunday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee takes aim at questions surrounding O’Donnell’s financial history.
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(CNN) - Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman Sen. Robert Menendez issued a statement Tuesday night following Christine O'Donnell's victory in Delaware's GOP Senate primary.
“Tonight Mike Castle became the eighth Republican establishment candidate to be upset by a party in complete turmoil. Instead, Delaware Republicans chose an ultra-right wing extremist who is out of step with Delaware values," Menendez said. "Christine O'Donnell cares more about imposing an extreme social doctrine than addressing the challenges facing working people. Even the Delaware Republican Party Chairman has said O’Donnell is 'not a viable candidate for any office in the state of Delaware,' and 'could not be elected dog catcher.'"
“Tomorrow begins the general election, and Chris Coons is focused like a laser on growing Delaware's middle class. As New Castle County Executive, Chris Coons reformed local government and created jobs. As a United States Senator, he'll do the same in Washington," Menendez added.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is making another major investment in his own party.'
The president ordered $4.5 million from the old Obama for America campaign account to be transferred to the Democratic Party, a top party official confirmed to CNN. The funds will be evenly divided among the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The money originally was set aside to cover legal expenses involved in shutting down Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
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(CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial campaign committee is out Saturday with a new attack ad that paints senior Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt as a symbol of Washington insider politics and condemns the Senate candidate for voting for the federal government's massive bailout of the financial industry in 2008.
"A culture of corruption and special interests where Missouri gets left behind," the DSCC's ad says. "And, when our economy collapsed, Washington is where Roy Blunt took the lead and voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout."
The bill passed largely due to the support of Democrats - 172 of them voted for the bailout package. It passed the House in October 2008 with 263 votes and with members of both parties split on the issue.
The 30-second television ad calls Blunt "one of Congress' most corrupt politicians," a reference to the unflattering designation bestowed upon him in 2005 and 2006 by the advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
(CNN) – The Senate Republican primary race in Alaska still isn't over, but Democrats are moving fast to define Joe Miller - the previously unknown attorney who is on the verge of upsetting incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
In a statement Wednesday, DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz described Miller as "an extremist who intends to transition-out Social Security, phase-out Medicare, and end unemployment benefits for all Alaskan families."
"Joe Miller seems more intent on imposing a strict social doctrine to please his out-of-state tea party backers but would leave the people of his state high and dry. Alaskans deserve a Senator who will stick up for them in the United States Senate," Schultz added.
The Anchorage Daily News reported last month that Miller has called for phasing out government Medicare and Social Security, as well as nixing the federal Department of Education.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out-raised its GOP counterpart for the fifth time in six months, according to fundraising numbers released Friday by both campaign committees.
The DSCC raised $4.4 million in July, eking out a fundraising victory over the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which raised just over $4.1 million in the same period.
The DSCC has about $22.4 million cash on hand – $1.3 million more than the Republican committee.
The NRSC has been out-raised by the DSCC to the tune of nearly $6 million this election cycle. The Democrats have raised almost $78.4 million, while the Republicans have raised $72.5 million.
(CNN) – The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out Friday with its first television ad of the general election, thrusting itself into the deadlocked Senate battle between Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak and former Republican Rep. Pat Toomey.
The 30-second commercial calls Toomey "a Wall Street wheeler-dealer" and says the financial industry is "funding his campaign."
"…Millionaire Toomey helped pioneer the use of derivatives – he called them an 'enormous good,'" the ad's narrator says. "But they wound up nearly destroying our economy."
"Pat Toomey spent his whole life either working on Wall Street or working for Wall Street's interests," DSCC national press secretary Deirdre Murphy said in a statement. "The people of Pennsylvania should have a Senator who stands up for them, not the corporate special interests."
Read Toomey's response after the jump:
Washington (CNN) – In the Senate campaign money race, Democrats have the advantage as the second quarter numbers come in.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reports it raised $7.1 million in the month of June, besting the National Republican Senatorial Committee who reports a $4.03 million haul over the same period.
The Democrats say they pulled in $15.25 million in the second quarter while their Republican counterparts did not report a quarterly figure. Both campaign committees have full coffers however as Republicans have $19.7 million cash on hand and the Democrats exceed them, reporting in excess of $21 million.