October 14th, 2010
04:34 PM ET
11 years ago

RGA breaks fundraising record

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association reports that it raised $31 million over the past three months, bringing the amount of money it has brought in this year to $59 million. The RGA's haul is three times the amount that the Democratic Governors Association says it fundraised in the third quarter of this year. The RGA says that prior to 2010, it never raised more than $30 million in a single year.

The RGA says it had $31.5 million cash on hand as of the end of September.

"While our fundraising haul will allow us to compete in a record number of states, we know the real measure of our success will take place in 19 days, so we are taking nothing for granted," said RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers in a statement.

The DGA announced last week that it raised around $10 million from July through September, bring the amount it has brought in this year to $27 million, with approximately $13 million in the bank as of the end of last month.

The DGA announced last week it pulled in $10 million for the same period, ending with $13 million cash on hand.

The RGA says it has received contributions from more 36,000 donors, compared to less than 2,500 donors in 2006, and it adds that nearly 95 percent of all donors have contributed $1000 or less.

Ayers announced the RGA's figures on Twitter. "Our govs, staff & donors worked extremely hard to give us the resources necessary to compete against the DGA and labor unions," he wrote, adding that "In 17 states we have spent more than 1 million dollars. In 9 states we have spent more than 3 million. 6 states more than 5 million."

He also said that fundraising totals included no foreign money.

The RGA's total for the 2010 election cycle included $1 million in contributions from Fox News' parent company, News Corporation. The DGA said that they raised more than $1 million to match the contributions
Nineteen governorships held by Democrats and 18 held by Republicans are up for grabs in November.

While the battle for control of Congress dominates the headlines, the fight for the governorships is extremely important. Next year, governors will have a big say in how the new Census numbers are used to alter congressional districts in their states.

The RGA's impressive numbers may also have an impact on the next election as well, as it gives fundraising bragging rights to RGA Chairman and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is considering a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Lori in St Pete

    It wouldn't surprise me in the least to see the great state of Florida turn a lovely shade of blue on November 2.

    October 14, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Hugo

    Ummm. last I heard the Democrats controlled Congress the last two years of Bush's term, kind of funny how the crap hit the fan once they took over and to set the record straight Congress approves a war, not the President. There is NO SUCH THING as free money, and if I can't afford something I do not buy it. It is that fundamental lack of responsibility that equates to the Democratic mind set, the tax cut is across the board and why on earth would we not go to a FAIR tax system based upon consumption. It is in no way fair for middle class and upper class to carry the load for the remainder of the Nation.

    October 14, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Lori in St Pete

    Augsbee, what do you think cost the taxpayers more? Alex Sink's use of the state plane, or scott's ripping of of 1.7 billion of taxpayer $$$?

    October 14, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason

    Does anyone stil have doubts that our government is bought and owned by business? Individuals rarely donate to such associations. They donate to candidates, or to initiatives. This is an association entirely fueled by now-unlimited (thanks to the SCOTUS) corporate funding. Add to that the veil of anonymity that they enjoy, and YOU MIGHT AS WELL PUT YOUR LOCAL CONGRESSMAN UP FOR SALE ON EBAY.

    It makes me sick. The collective founding fathers are spinning in their graves.

    October 14, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I wouldn't go to the same doctor who operated on the wrong part of my body and then claimed it wasn't his fault but expects me to let him fix it. The GOP is expecting the same thing from voters because they think we are stupid.

    October 14, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Sgt. Joe

    Hugo, get a grip on reality or stick w/Fox News (entertainment). Answer one question: how were the wars suppose to be funded when they started after 9/11? What was the Bush plan to pay 1.2 trillion dollars? "Mission Accomplished"...remember those words?

    October 14, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Too bad the GOP can't run on issues. Now their backers are trying to buy their way into power.

    My vote isn't for sale!

    October 14, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. barry

    Why are Liberals so angry about Republican fund raising. They can and are playing by the same law Republicans are using. Why do think they raise more money than Republicans if they aren't doing the same? The Union stimulus money is a prime example. Get past the victim mentality the law is the same for everybody.

    October 14, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Indy

    Just go's to prove that you can take a country to the brink of death for eight years, then do absolutley nothing for two years but say no to everything like a two year old and people will give you truck loads of money. What a great way to run a country ! It is all to obvious that people can be brainwashed and bought and paid for.

    October 14, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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