Senate fundraising by the numbers
February 18th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Senate fundraising by the numbers

Washington (CNN) - The fundraising outlook is better for Republicans than Democrats this month, since the GOP outraised the current Senate majority party by roughly $200,000.

Though the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee broke its own fundraising record for the first month of an election cycle by bringing in $2.63 million, the National Republican Senatorial Committee edged out Dem fundraising numbers by taking in $2.86 million in the month of January.

When it comes to cash on hand, however, the numbers tell a different story. The Senate majority party will report $2.65 million in cash on hand and Republicans, who hope to take over the both houses in 2012, will report $483,000.

But Dems are more in debt than the GOP, with $8.78 million owed by the DSCC and $6.5 million owed by the NRSC. With the recent announcement of retirement from New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman, the DSCC has its work cut out for the 2012 election cycle as it defends 23 seats and 4 left open by retiring Democratic Senators. Republicans will defend 10 seats and have two open races to contend with, as Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Jon Kyl retire.

"On both the candidate and fundraising front, Senate Republicans are off to a very strong start to the 2012 cycle as we work to win back a Republican majority," said Brian Walsh, the communications director for the NRSC.

President Obama will travel to Florida next month to headline a fundraiser in the Democratic push to keep control of the Senate. According to DSCC executive director Guy Cecil, "Senate Democrats will prevail this cycle by raising the resources needed to wage aggressive campaigns in each of our targeted states. Our supporters are energized when they see Democrats focused on growing jobs and Republicans on everything but. Democrats know what is at stake in 2012 and stand ready to fight."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    To save money, why don't we just skip elections and let Big Business bid for the House and Senate at auction. The Fed could stage the auctions and take a fee from the buyer at a ratio of maybe 20% to the Congressman and 80% to the government.

    (and for idiots like D Trump, I'M JUST KIDDING)

    February 18, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. ConservaFascists

    How much of that republican money is coming from American Crossroads and the Koch Brothers? We are officially now the United Corporated States of China & India.

    February 18, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Helen,Indiana

    Yeah ,Look who is funding republicans, Big business who knows they can manipulate republicans to do their bid.

    February 18, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. diridi

    GOP thugs are crazy...just do not vote any GOP idiot..

    February 18, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans have sold their souls to the Koch heads.

    February 18, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Well of course...why else do you think the GOP purposefully blew the surplus and spent 8 years purposefully digging us into debt and deficit while purposefully ignoring Wall Street in order to allow the financial industry to manufacture a giant recession? Privatized unions took a giant hit as a result of the recession and unemployment and now the GOP is going after the public employee unions, which now account for about 50% of them. Nothing would make the GOP happier than installing themselevs as permanent proxy rulers of the nation on behalf of giant the giant corporations paying them. First step: getting rid of the only real competition corporate America has in the campaign finance battle.

    February 18, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't ever want to hear the word Christian/religion come out of a Republican/Tea baggers mouth when they deny Americans healthcare. If you've noticed, while they do the devil's work they don't use "I'm a Christian" but conventiently pick God up again on the side of the road when they need him to declare their christianity. Furthermore, these same hypocrites want to stand in judgement of President Obama's religious belief. Stop letting them use the God I know for their selfish gains, deny them.

    February 18, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Monster Zero

    Yeah I agree, where are the jobs our fearless leader spent a trillion dollars on to keep unemployment below 8%? What happened to the summer of recovery to get our economy moving under the 111th Congress that was dominated by your illustrious Socialists? Were are those jobs and why are my insurance premiums skyrocketing and why has my grocery bill increased by 20%? All Obama and his bunch of Czar cronie progressives dipwads have done is to take a recession and turn it into a depression.

    February 18, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |