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.
Washington (CNN) - National Republicans are expanding the number of House Democrats they'll target with television commercials over the next eight weeks leading up to the midterm elections.
A GOP source confirms to CNN that the National Republican Congressional Committee is going to expand its playing field by going up with ads in four more districts held by Democrats. That's in addition to the 41 Democratic seats already being targeted. The four new seats are in Arizona's first and fifth congressional districts, Oregon's fifth district and Pennsylvania's eighth district, all once considered safe for the Democrats.
The source, a GOP strategist familiar with the efforts, also confirms that the NRCC will spend just over $2 million in the four districts; in addition to the more than $22 million previously allocated to the 41 other seats.
Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee all but accused the Democratic National Committee of "political quackery" Wednesday, as the DNC rolled out a new campaign that seeks to tie the Republican Party to the Tea Party movement in advance of the upcoming midterm elections.
At a press conference launching the initiative, the DNC hammered home its message that the GOP and the Tea Party movement are becoming indistinguishable from one another.
Saying the conservative grassroots movement is "now the most potent force in Republican politics" and pointing out Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee, and Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, are both members of the new House Tea Party Caucus, DNC chairman Tim Kaine said "the Republican Party agenda has become the Tea Party agenda and vice versa."
Kaine's sentiments were echoed by DNC vice-chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.
(CNN) – Congressional Republicans are reporting another big cash-haul for the month of June in what is the latest sign the GOP is benefiting from enthusiasm amongst its supporters as the midterm election season gears up.
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it raised $9 million last month and currently has $17 million cash-on-hand. For the quarter, the NRCC says its raised $21.2 million. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee meanwhile has yet to report its June fundraising haul.
Update, 6:09 p.m.: The DCCC announced for the second quarter it has raised $19.259 million and has $33.783 million cash on hand.
Buoyed by an energetic base and increasing chatter about a possible Republican takeover of the House, the NRCC has neared parity with their Democratic counterparts in fundraising after two cycles of being severely outraised.
But the GOP still remains at a disadvantage when it comes to cash on hand. According to the latest reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission at the end of May, Democrats had $28 million in the bank – $11 million more than the GOP says it currently has stowed away.
Washington (CNN) - The House Republican campaign committee raised $2 million more than its Democratic counterpart in April, but Democrats have a nearly $16 million cash advantage over the GOP as the summer approaches.
The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $7.1 million in April and has $11.4 million in the bank, according to data released by the GOP fundraising arm. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $5.1 million over the same time period and has $27.3 million cash-on-hand, according to figures it will report to the Federal Election Commission.
Both committees reported no debt.
Washington (CNN) - Two Republican sources at Wednesday’s House GOP Conference meeting tell CNN that there was a lot of grumbling about the party’s loss in a special election Tuesday for the vacant House seat in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district.
Democratic candidate Mark Critz topped Republican Tim Burns by double digits in the battle to succeed the late Democratic Rep. Jack Murtha.
“People should be rumbling – members sure were,” said one of the sources.
Both sources, one a Republican lawmaker and one a senior GOP staffer, said National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Pete Sessions took responsibility for the loss and promised to study the results and learn the lessons of the Burns’ defeat.
Both sources said they did not believe there would be an effort to replace Rep. Sessions as chairman of the NRCC, but said it was made clear there is deep dissatisfaction.
The accounts also exposed anew long festering tensions or rivalries among House Minority Leader John Boehner and some of his deputies in the leadership. The two sources, both from the more conservative factions of the House GOP caucus, noted it was the Ohio Republican who tapped Sessions for the NRCC’s top post and said most of the NRCC’s top staff have ties to Boehner.
Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee is weighing in on Rep. David Obey's decision not to run for re-election later this year.
"There is no question that David Obey was facing the race of his life and that is why it is understandable that the architect of President Obama's failed stimulus plan has decided to call it quits," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has $16 million more in the bank than the National Republican Congressional Committee heading into November, according to the latest fundraising totals released Tuesday afternoon.
The DCCC raised more than $9.7 million, while the NRCC took in $8 million last month, the committees reported. At the beginning of April, the DCCC had $26 million cash-on-hand, compared to the NRCC's $10 million in the bank.
The DCCC and NRCC are the campaign arms for their respective political parties.
Despite the huge cash disadvantage, Republicans are expected to pick up seats in November.
Washington (CNN) - House Republicans continued the drumbeat Monday against President Obama's health care reform law with a new online effort criticizing 15 Democrats for supporting the legislation.
The National Republican Congressional Committee unveiled a Web page named after Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, the anti-abortion rights Democrat who made an eleventh-hour deal with the White House on abortion language that ensured his party had enough votes to pass the massive health care overhaul bill.
"The goal is to keep the bill fresh on the minds of voters in targeted districts," Ken Spain, the NRCC's communications director, told CNN.
Read a list of House Democrats being targeted after the jump:
Washington (CNN) – With just over a month to go before the May 18 special election to fill the House seat formerly held by the late Rep. John Murtha, political ads are starting to light up the airwaves in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district.
Republican Tim Burns and Democrat Mark Critz are both being attacked in TV spots financed by national party committees.
On Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an ad alleging that Burns would raise taxes. As the ad's narrator tells it, "Southwestern Pennsylvania is hurting, but millionaire Tim Burns would make things even worse."
The National Republican Congressional Committee went on TV earlier this week with an ad painting Critz as too liberal for Pennsylvania because of his support for federal health care legislation.