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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.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  January 4, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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I was trying to figure out which "Democrat" had raised all this money, previous to clicking over to the article. Be consistent--and follow the rule of calling people what they wish to be called, i.e., "Democratic, Republican governors' groups"--not what is written above. Note that the proper use is made within the body of the article. Hey, headline writer, quit letting Republican talk-show hosts tell you what to call Democratic efforts.

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Posted by: boski66 | January 5, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Please visit and sign the petition to rid our school children of the S0-Called Safe School Czar
that is a supporter of G.L.B.T. and Nambler!
This is Child Sex Abuse that should be illegal and prosecutable under our Bill of Rights and our Constitution. Also homosexuality is the vulture that is seeking to destroy our institution of Marriage. Progressive Liberals Creating a Diabolical Society, using the We the People as pawns to pander to Big Drug Industry and Big Sex Industry.

Posted by: boski66 | January 5, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Proves the old saying, 'There is a sucker born every minute.'

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