Democrat, Republican governors' groups raise record amounts
By Garance Franke-Ruta
The national economy may have been in the tank, but 2009 proved to be a banner year for fundraising at the Democratic and Republican governors associations.
The Republican Governors Association reported Monday that it raised a record haul -- $30 million -- in 2009 and carried forward more than $25 million of that into 2010, when 37 gubernatorial contests will take place. In 2006, when there were 36 contests, the RGA began the year with just over $4 million cash on hand.
"The RGA's fundraising success is a testament to our governors and will allow us to target an unprecedented number of races this year," RGA executive director Nick Ayers said.
The Democratic Governors Association was also happy with its take, tweeting Monday, "DGA starts 2009 with more cash on hand than we spent on all our 2006 races combined."
The DGA raised $23.1 million in 2009 -- "more than ever before in the organization's history," the group said. That will allow it to begin the 2010 election cycle with nearly 12 times as much cash on hand -- $17.5 million -- as in 2006, when it carried over just $1.5 million. The DGA spent under $14 million on all races that year.
"Americans are focused on restoring prosperity in this country, and it's thanks to their broad support for our ideas that we hit a historic fundraising high in 2009," DGA chairman Gov. Jack Markell (Del.) said.
January 4, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency
Save & Share: Previous: Video: First family returns from Hawaii
Next: Obama looks for 'do-over' on terror response
Posted by: aburgin4peace1 | January 5, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: boski66 | January 5, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: boski66 | January 5, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: racam | January 4, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.