November 16th, 2010
12:38 PM ET
12 years ago

DSCC outraised NRSC last month

Washington (CNN) - On the day that Sen. John Cornyn of Texas was re-elected as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the rival Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced it outraised the NRSC by more than $3 million last month.

The DSCC said Tuesday that it brought in $17.4 million in October, topping the NRSC's $14.2 million raised last month. The DSCC says it raised more than $107 million for the midterm election cycle, nearly $15 million than the NRSC brought in during the same period. And the DSCC points out to CNN that they outraised the NRSC in eight of the ten months this year.

"We were able to beat back Republicans this year because of the strong support from Democrats around the country," says DSCC Executive Director JB Poersch. "In state after state, as Republicans nominated extremist candidates, our supporters became more energized. Senate Democrats exceeded expectations this year because we had better candidates with the resources they needed running aggressive campaigns."

The announcement comes as Cornyn, a two-term Republican senator from Texas, was unanimously re-elected to steer the NRSC for another two years.

While some conservatives have criticized Cornyn for not doing enough this election cycle to help candidates backed by Tea Party activists, he's won applause for his fundraising and for netting seven Senate seats this year. Under Cornyn's watch, Republican Scott Brown won a special election in January in Massachusetts to fill the final two years of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, and the GOP picked up another six Senate seats in this month's midterm elections.

The Democrats' current 59 to 41 majority in the Senate will be trimmed to 53 to 47 come the new Congress in January.

"Over the last two years, we were successful in adding nearly 400,000 new, first-time donors to the NRSC, we strengthened relationships with our longtime supporters and ultimately raised over $100 million. In fact, just last month, the NRSC raised $14.2 million, which represented the highest monthly total since the passage of McCain-Feingold in 2002," said Cornyn, in a statement following his re-election as NRSC chairman.

Right now GOP prospects for winning back control of the chamber in 2012 look realistic, as Democrats will be defending 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs.

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Filed under: 2010 • DSCC • NRSC
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Rasie a trillion dollars!! All the money in the world won't help you sell your socialist snake oil to the American people. Every day brings new revelations about the disastrous healthcare fiasco. These fools are now up to 111 waivers for companies (some huge) so that they won't drop the medical coverage for their employees. What was that about being able to keep your medical plan?! The whole thing was a sham and a lie by the DEMOcRATS from start to finish.

    2012 can't come soon enough. The purge of the Socialists DemocRATS WILL CONTINUE.

    November 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Take America Back from the Libs the Libs raised $15M more than the Republicans and it bought them 5 seats......the Tea Party raised lots less and they "elected" (not bought) 60 plus House seats, 6 Senate seats, over 600 state ligislative seats across the naiton, and multiple govenorships! But if you read and listen to the Liberal "main stream media" (such as CNN) one would think the Liberal Democrats won the election! Bottom line; the Dems can raise and spend all the money they will still not help Obambi promote his Liberal agenda.

    November 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: Those who scream democrats are "socialist" don't know anything about a democracy so stop using terms you've "heard" and do your own research and study. It's not ignorant to remain silent but it is ignorant to speak and make a fool out of yourself.

    November 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. citizens united

    you know, both of those sums are paltry compared to the corporate barrage of spending we have seen in these non-profit groups in this past election. and i am sure it will be much more in 2012. oh well, maybe one day i can vote for senator jp moregan-chase

    November 16, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    As I said before money pulls no levers in the voting booth. All this money was so helpful two weeks ago, right?

    November 16, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. terry, va

    This shows you that when you have terrible policies all the money in the world won't buy you elections. The dumbocraps are on their way out! Hide under your desk for the next two years Obummie.

    November 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |