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DNC Outraises RNC in July, but Republicans Retain Cash Edge

Updated 4:51 p.m.
By Ben Pershing
Reversing an earlier trend, the Democratic National Committee outraised the Republican National Committee in July, but the RNC continues to hold a cash edge as the parties arm themselves for electoral battle.

Newly filed Federal Election Commission reports show that the DNC raised $9.3 million in July, while the RNC took in $6 million for the month. Republicans had outraised Democrats in previous months, and the RNC has raked in a total of $51.9 million this year to the DNC's $46.7 million.

Republicans still ended July in a better financial position, with $21.8 million in the bank and no debt, while the DNC had $16.3 million on hand and $5.1 million in outstanding debt.

"The RNC continues to mount a very effective fundraising effort and we are extremely thankful to the Americans who have contributed to the financial success of our Party," RNC chairman Michael Steele said in a statement. "The Republican Party will be successful in the coming elections this fall and in 2010 thanks to the generosity of our donors."

Brad Woodhouse, a spokesman for the DNC, said: "We have a plan in place and we're raising the money we need to support our operations on behalf of the President's agenda, including passing health insurance reform, and to support our political operations, state parties and campaigns."

Democrats got some help in July from their leader, President Obama, who headlined a lucrative Chicago fundraiser for the committee.

Fundraising for both committees will likely increase next year as the midterm elections approach. In addition to 2010 races, this November's gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey are expected to attract significant spending from both sides.

Fundraising reports for the Capitol Hill campaign committees are also in.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $2.7 million in July and had $4.4 million in the bank and no debt, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $2 million and had $7.1 million on hand with $3.3 million in debt.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $3.2 million in July, while the National Republican Congressional Committee took in $3 million. The DCCC reported $10.2 million in the bank and $5.3 million in debt, while the NRCC reported $4 million in the bank and $2.7 million in debt.

Posted at 4:17 PM ET on Aug 20, 2009  | Category:  The Green Zone
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sasha2008, you really do know the truth when you see it and you just explained it very well.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | August 21, 2009 2:58 PM

Sounds like the oil companies have slacked off some since gas prices dropped but the insurance companies are still giving so the GREEDY OLD PARTY is still hanging on.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | August 21, 2009 2:51 PM

The insurers have a lot to gain from health care proposals now being considered.

Individuals/families will be subsidized by government, from the poor to slightly above the median income. They won't have to pay more than 0-11% of their income (on a sliding scale) for health care premiums. The government will pay the balance of their premium bills directly to the insurance companies.

Insurers like this kind of "big government" but the don't want to cooperate with rules and regulation, providing data, or the competition of a public option government insurance, which would have the same subsidies and must follow the same rules and regulations.

Private companies want to have their cake and eat it too, that is, a government subsidized private insurance industry without the public option competitor, which would boil down to more Wall Street investor profits and higher CEO salaries at the expense of the taxpayer.

If anybody wants to read his book, "Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform"
sign a petition, or contribute to Dean's effort goto this website

Posted by: owldog | August 21, 2009 1:00 PM

More fear- that is all!

Just like Tom Ridge has just revealed-

, reports US News & World Report's Paul Bedard. Among other things, Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004.

Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was "blindsided" by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over....

I am sure the do nothings will jump all over this -

It will nor does not matter- this was already known for those of us that had a public education.



9-11 Happened on GOP WATCH!

And they want their country back!


Posted by: sasha2008 | August 20, 2009 6:20 PM

It's still early in the game. The DNC has time to play catch up in "real" dollars.

This is policy implementation time, once the base gets excited that their agenda is being addressed the donations will begin.

Posted by: Victoria5 | August 20, 2009 4:57 PM

Scrambling was misspelled below.

Posted by: Gator-ron | August 20, 2009 4:56 PM

Right wing operatives are scrabling to find out how to spin this. Stay tuned they will all get to the right page of the chairman's handbook.

Posted by: Gator-ron | August 20, 2009 4:54 PM

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