February 18th, 2010
01:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Republicans respond in Senate cash battle

Washington (CNN) - I'll take your $5 million and match it.

Just hours after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced that it brought in $5.1 million last month, which they say is the biggest monthly haul of the 2010 campaign cycle and their best January ever when it comes to fundraising, their GOP counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced that it raised $5.01 million last month. The NRSC also says the January numbers are their strongest of this campaign cycle.

When it comes to cash on hand, the DSCC says they have $12.9 million cash in the bank, with debt of $833,000. The NRSC reports $10.65 million cash on hand, with no debt. The two parties were nearly neck-and-neck when it comes to fundraising totals over the course of 2009: Democrats raised a total of $43.5 million while Republicans took in $41.2 million.

"Moving into 2010, the NRSC continues to build on our already-strong fundraising efforts with an expanding donor base that recognizes the critical importance of this year's election," says Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Chairman of the NRSC. "The fact that we have been able to remain competitive with our Democrat counterparts despite entering this cycle vastly outnumbered in the Senate and facing a record fundraising gap from 2008, speaks to the growing energy among Republicans and independents across the country. With each passing day, more and more Americans are making clear that they are tired of business-as-usual in Washington and will vote for new leadership in November."

"With these resources, we will make sure that In November voters face a choice between Republicans standing with Washington's special interests and Democrats who are standing up for them," says DSCC communications director Eric Schultz. "Democrats are energized when they see Republicans carrying water for the special interests in Washington day in and day out. Our supporters are driven to get involved when they see the other party standing with the corporate interests on any given issue."

Each party is defending 18 seats this cycle. Republican Sen. Scott Brown's victory last month in a special senate election in Massachusetts gave his party 41 seats in the chamber, denying the Democrats their 60 seat filibuster-proof supermajority.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Nice to see that foreign money that the Conservative Supreme Court allows to be used for political parties and campaign is going to good use for the Republicans.

    When will you people learn that if you want to know what a Republican is, just flip everything he or she says 180 degrees and you'll get the answer.

    February 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. JF

    Oh, yeah – right. Republican Leadership = End of Business-as-usual in Washington. I am truly afraid that the intelligence level in this country has reached an all-time low.

    February 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Laverne

    While the American people are suffering and still losing jobs at alarming rates, republicans and democrats are going at it about who can raise or match the most money. Something is really wrong with this picture. It is right down sickening who both parties rub the American people nose in all their bliss, greed and self indulgence. Dear Lord help this country, we have not learned a thing even after all we have been thru in the past 8 years!

    February 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Andy

    Good for the Dems-they can divide this money up for their November severance pay.

    February 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |

    Yah, but WE got ours from REAL PEOPLE ........ not corporations and mega-rich evangelicals (faux Christians).

    It's the 'little people' of this GREAT NATION that are contributing to the Democratic Party. WE ARE THE PEOPLE......NOT THE CORPORATIONS..

    The Republican'ts and Tea-Baggers (tee hee hee) who are RUINING THIS COUNTRY are predominately white supremists. Steele is only there as the 'token black man' in the room.

    Republicans can thank THEIR supreme leader, Ronald Reagan, for OUR FREE FALLING ECONOMY. It started 30 years ago.

    February 18, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Seems to me that the only people who really care about these numbers are CEOs and other executives running major networks, radio stations, websites and advertising agencies. You wonder why there wasn't more publicity or newsworthy reporting on why precisely the recent SCOTUS decision regarding campaign finance laws and electioneering was complete garbage? Ask yourself who REALLY benefitted by the floodgates of electioneering being locked open.

    February 18, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Mike

    Sen. John Cornyn is an idiot. The Republicans are crying foul but I remember when they had control of the Congress and White House they treated the Democrats the same way they are being treated now. Business as usual both parties need to have their asses kicked out of power. As long as they practice party politics as usual nothing will get done in Washington for the good of the American people. The two parties are a joke and we should limit politicians to no more than six years in Congress. Six years and you're out not exceptions. Bunch of crooks and goons as far as I can see. There is a sentiment in our federal government that what is good for the politicians is not good for the American people. However, they may have a point because we keep sending them back knowing that things aren't going to change and that politicians will continue serving their own self interest. So who then are the real idiots? I am an Independent and I am sick of both parties. Did you know that way back when they were one party? That's right the Democratic-Rebuplicans ironic isn't it. At any rate it doesn't matter who is President, Congress in its current state will never get the peoples business done because they are too busy pointing fingers and trying to find someone else to blame for what is wrong in Washington. They have the best healthcare, and jobs that American taxpayer money can buy however, like I said what's good for them is terrible for the American people. While I don't like thehealth care plan I don't see the Republicans coming up with a better proposal, nor do I see the Democrats soliciting for imput. Let's just kick the whole bunch of them out and start over.

    February 18, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Wonder if the guy in Texas that flew a plane into IRS building was a disgruntled teabagger.He burned his house down first and said he didnt need to pay taxes.

    February 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Vic of New York


    And have you caught the news of how "Spray-tan" Boehner was in New York cutting a deal with Jamie Diamond of Chase Bank to oppose reinstatement of the Taft-Hartley laws in exchange for some MONEY from those filthy banks!

    Yeah, and the Republicans are for whom?

    February 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Jamie

    This is actually a shame on our electoral system and both parties. Making announcements like these as if its a monthly contest or they are in 'ratings sweep'. A real tragedy – parties convinced they have to outspend to get elected!!! A SAD commentary on 21st Century American politics.

    February 18, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    And who is giving these two parties 10 Million dollars a month?
    Both of these parties are bought and paid for by the Special interest groups, PACs, Unions, Wall Street, banking, global Corporations are all contributing billions to re-election funds that undermine the people's representation.
    I say in 2010 ask who is funding your representative? Look to see where the money is coming from? If the money comes from outside your voter district then who do you think they will represent if they are elected or re-elected? We need to bring these professional politicians back into line. We will demand that you run on the sweat and money from individual contributions from within your district only.
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 18, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Looks like tea baggers with airplanes need to be watched too.

    February 18, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. The Other Michael in Houston

    And this is why we need to do away with the RNC and the DNC.

    February 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Poor Republicans – they only time they actually do any work is when it involves THEIR benefit.

    Too bad they have not found time to do any work to help restore our country and help working America get jobs, money they need, and healthcare they deserve.

    Typical Republicans – ME, ME, ME and the hell with the People who are the backbone of this country.

    Republicans are NO friend of the American People!

    February 18, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Independent One

    Mrs. Sarah Palin...YES WE DO NEED A THIRD PARTY!!!!

    February 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Bob in Pa

    The George Sors money laundering operation kicks into overdrive.

    February 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Jon

    What a joke. Both of these parties should be deported.

    February 18, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |