July 7th, 2009
10:12 AM ET
14 years ago

RGA outraises DGA in first half of the year

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association Tuesday announced it raised more than $12.2 million dollars for the first six months of the year.

The RGA's announcement came just hours after the Democratic Governors Association announced that they raised a record-breaking $11.6 million in the first six months of the year.

The RGA also reported having a record $20.4 million cash on hand.

"The RGA's ability to outraise the Democrats despite their control of the White House, Congress and majority of governorships, proves that
more people than ever believe a Republican comeback begins with the 39 governors' races that are taking place over the next two years," said RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers in a statement. "Our strong fundraising numbers and record cash on hand put us in position to compete in New Jersey and Virginia this year and in all our targeted states next year."

"Our extraordinary fundraising demonstrates that the 2009 and 2010 governors' races are at the center of the political landscape. The DGA is the only organization devoted exclusively to electing governors who will advance President Obama's efforts to create jobs and fight for the middle class – while also working to ensure a fair redistricting process," said Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, the DGA's chairman, said in a statement. "Our donors reached deep to contribute, and we are grateful for their generosity."

Democrats are looking to hold on to the governor's mansion in both New Jersey and Virginia this year. Money from both the RGA and DGA to both states could be a major factor in the outcome of those contests.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Melissa

    Whoop di doo. Who cares.

    July 7, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Cowboy in West Texas

    Now if they (both Republicans and Democrats) will only use the money to elect good representation.

    July 7, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Who cares how much the RGA or the DGA raised. The RGA has a problem with two of their governors. They should be more focused on that.

    July 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Vic of New York

    Right. With so many Republican politicians in the pockets of big business does this come as any surprise?

    What is a pleasant surprise is the amount raised by the DGA. It shows grassroots voters are contributing in record numbers to the DGA. I did!

    July 7, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. DSH

    Not hard to fathom that the RGA has the most money. Bush made sure of that when he lined their pockets with gold.

    July 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Kelby In Houston, TX

    AMAZING! The amount of apathy I have for this story is AMAZING!

    July 7, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Greg in AR

    Can't wait for all the annoying commercials to start:(

    July 7, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Corporate America alive and well and paying the GOP to keep them wealthy with tax cuts.

    July 7, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. phoenix86

    By the time 2010 gets here, the US, which is majority conservative moderates, will have taken back the country from the far left fringe of Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, Waxman, Dodd, etc.

    By by dems. Halfway gone in 2010. Fully gone by 2012. Unfortunately, you will leave a fiscal trainwreck in your wake.

    July 7, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. katiec

    Well, with big business, lobbyists, special interests totally supporting them and their interests this is no surprise.
    When and if the GOP decide to represent the people and America, perhaps their donations will be more acceptable to us.
    Their continuation of politics of usual, when the American people
    stated loud and clear that they were no longer acceptable, is disgusting, discouraging and frightening.

    July 7, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Too True For You

    Like anyone expected anything different? The only thing republicans raising so much money proves is that they truly are in the pockets of big money and big money is scared by the progress democrats have made taking American back for the middle class. Poor, poor big business – democrats want to stem their rip-off onslaught on the average American consumer. Pity the big money people – the republican flow of tax cuts has been staunched. So now they are working furiously to buy their way back in. Big surprise.

    July 7, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Hopeful Optimist

    Looks like the Grumpy Ole' People still gots most of da cash. And believe me, ' til they move on to the next plane they're not going to be a joyful lot to live with. They'll use it to sling so much bile and hatred and obstructionism toward Obama and the Dems it'll make your head spin.

    So, you young folks out there have 'em on the mat and you need to not let 'em up. This is your country now, and you've taken it fair and square at the voting booth. Don't squander it, for if they ever regain the upper hand, believe it, they'll bury you with no remorse whatsoever.

    July 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. william gair

    Guess I'll send DGA money.

    July 7, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    WOW – it's strange that RGA figures came out AFTER DGA's!!! Humm, and DGA had a "record-breaking" amount...

    It does not matter – out of all the money RGA raise and all the Ads RGA runs in VA – McDonnell will still lose and we will keep the state of VA a DEMOCRATIC state!!!

    July 7, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    The Democratic party is failing miserably to deliver on the lofty promises made in the 2008 campaigns. What we are seeing is the result of so many people being coaxed into voting against someone ( who was not even running! ). Live and learn.

    July 7, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |