RNC boasts fundraising record in August
September 14th, 2011
10:58 AM ET
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RNC boasts fundraising record in August

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee raised over $8 million in August, the highest amount the group has raised in an August of a non-election year and reportedly more than $2 million more than their Democratic counterparts.

The RNC said it had raised $8.17 million in August, giving them $9.22 million in cash-on-hand funds. The organization also reported holding $15.9 million in debt. On Monday Reuters reported the Democratic National Committee had raised $5.5 million in August. Official fundraising numbers from the DNC will be released September 20. The DNC refused to comment for this article.

The month of August saw some setbacks in Democratic fundraising, as President Barack Obama was forced to cancel fundraisers amid contentious negotiations over the federal debt limit.

The RNC has increased its cash since the beginning of the year, when it had $350,000 in cash-on-hand funds and was $24 million in debt.

Last month the DNC eclipsed the RNC in fundraising. In July Democrats raised $6.7 million compared to a $6 million haul by Republicans.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. dnick47

    Sure, why not. The fat cats whom have the benefit of the very generous Republican tax cut don't mind giving some back rather then see the Democrats regain power and remove this largee stolen from the American people.

    September 14, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Marie MD

    As a party that uses the elephant as its symbol they have really forgotten what it means to be an American and how the middle class is what helped grow this country after WWII. I would suggest a new animal for them but the earthworm and a slug are too good for them!

    September 14, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Mario

    It's something that the RNC can raise better than $8 million in one month, but can't hire workers. Or, just think how many out of work individuals they can help by putting food on their tables and/or help with mortgages if they would share this money. Lives might even be saved if they'd help individuals without medical insurance. I don't just say this about the RNC, it goes for both parties. No one really seems to care about the underpriviledged in America.

    September 14, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Just wait until the multi-national corporations kick into gear through the super-PACs. That money doesn't even figure into the calculations discussed in the article. Our elections are on sale to the highest bidder.

    September 14, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Indy

    This is the Republicans Jobs Plan, give massive tax breaks to the rich and they will donate to the Republicans. End of plan

    September 14, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Mario

    How true your statement is about our elections on sale to the highest bidder. Such a shame what our politics has become.

    September 14, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. thomas

    Perry the best candidate money can buy !

    Perry / Enron

    September 14, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Gale

    Has it ever occured to you Democrats that the United States is sick to death of Obama and the rest of his cronies trying to destroy our rights that soldiers have died for, for over 200 years? That people that have never before in their lives are donating money to the RNC to get those people out of office? Obama had 2 1/2 years of total control of both houses and all that got done was Obamacare crammed down our throats with a smart reply from Pelosi as if you want to know what is inside, read it! Get a grip folks. We are headed to Hell in a handbasket if something is not done. Oh, that's right, most of you don't believe in Hell, do ya?

    September 14, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Indy

    Yet more proof that the wealthy are not creating jobs but sending donations to the Republicans so they can continue to pay the lowest taxes and win the class warfare-wealth distribution agenda of the Republicans. They should actually be ashamed of this figure in these desperate times.

    September 14, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Truth be told, it's going to take a lot more than $8 million to keep the House majority, elect Perry, AND try to take the Senate. I have no doubt that the Super PACs will carry most of that burden. It is, after all, why each PAC exists. I also have no doubt that a certain group of voters can be bought ... just not all of us, though.

    September 14, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. John, PA

    Not hard to believe the RNC is getting more donation when all the Democrat have to run on are the Obama FAILURES, look at the failures Obama and the Democrats in Congress have given the American people:
    Failure on the economy, unemployment increase of 50 % since 2007
    Failure on taxes, just look at you payroll check
    Failure on home foreclosure, home foreclosures rise by 75 percent since 2007
    Failure on a budget, no budget since 2008
    Failure on health care, what a disaster Obama care is
    Failure on price of gasoline, increase of 50 % since 2008
    Home sales, sales have fallen in four of the past five years, the worst showing in 13 years
    Down Grade of Americas Credit Rating for the first time
    Poverty in America Hits 52-year High as Economy Worsens
    44 Million Americans On Food Stamps, increase of 74 percent since 2007

    September 14, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Jan

    Corporate corruption,greed,organized crime?? Corporations,Banks,Insurance Corps,wallstreet thugs,GOP/Tea,"The new Mafia of America! God help us!!!!

    September 14, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Jerry

    I wouldn't vote for a Republican even if someone paid me to do so....I have way too much pride for myself and my country. This country is too diverse and smart to allow those back woods idiots from the Tea Party to destroy things.

    September 14, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Drue

    I know it's not funny, but we should try to enlighten our spirits! I mean, we shouldnt be going boo hoo! We should be spending preciouse time with our familys! How many of you like to go out and do something, but can't because we have no money? Well there are some places that cost nothing to go to! Like the St. Croix beaches. Or Como Zoo. There are ways to save and cut money. Good luck! And try to have a better day! 🙂 😉 😀 ;D 😛

    September 14, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. SaintM

    I'm sure it is mostly from the pockets of the Koch brothers, and large oil and pharmaceutical companies–and not individuals. Individual republicans have no extra cash at all to contribute to republicans and are likely living at or below the poverty line–and yet they continue to elect people are against against their well being. Big deal about their fundraising. When push comes to shove, the democratic party will raise bucket loads of cash just like they did last time around. With such loser GOP candidates–we will feel the urgency more to contribute to keep a republican out of the WH.

    September 14, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    @ John, PA
    It's been nearly 4 years since the Recession, and almost 3 years since TARP, which was written by and for Republicans. Besides TARP, what has been the Republican solution, ideas, legislation to get the economy moving again?

    September 14, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Whatever it takes to rid this country of failed socialist/"progressive"/communist Democrats is what the Amercian people will pay. Obama, Reid and Pelosi are the destroyers of the Democrat Party with their anti-business, anti-capitalism, class warfare mantra.

    September 14, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    @John, PA
    Most of your "facts" are misleading.

    We had $4.50 gas six months before Obama took office. $4 gas was tne new normal throughout the spring of 2008. Then the financial crisis hit, demand fell, supplies rose, speculators lost their jobs, and prices fell. The increases over the past 3 years simply reflect the global economy returning to where it was prior to the financial collapse.

    September 14, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    @John, PA
    Most of your "facts" are misleading.

    There have been *no* tax increases since President Obama took office. No, none at all. We have had tax cuts aimed at the middle class, such as the payroll tax cut.

    September 14, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    @John, PA
    Most of your "facts" are misleading.

    Unemployment rose 50% between 2001 and 2006, which was supposed to have been the golden years of the Bush Tax Cuts. The trend has simply continued, and still does to this day.

    September 14, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |