The Republican National Committee far outraised its Democratic counterpart in August, raking in $8.17 million while the Democratic National Committee raised only $5.5 million, Roll Call reports. The RNC claimed the haul—nearly 50 percent larger than the DNC's—was its best ever for an August in a nonelection year.
Meanwhile, it was the worst fundraising month of the year for the DNC, according to a Reuters report. Negotiations over raising the nation's debt limit stymied fundraising efforts by the DNC and President Obama, according to the report, which also stated that the summer before an election year is a traditionally slow time.
The August figures do not include funds raised by so-called super PACs, political action committees that include Crossroads GPS, which has ties to Karl Rove, the one-time George W. Bush adviser.
The news comes as Democrats reel from a shocking defeat in a Tuesday special election, which saw the party lose a deeply Democratic district in New York that it had held for nearly a century. The party also lost another special election in Nevada by more than 20 points, and President Obama's disapproval ratings reached an all-time high in a poll released on Wednesday morning.
The bad news for the president extends even to California, a solid-blue state that Obama won handily in 2008. Obama’s approval rating there dropped to 46 percent, with 44 percent disapproving, according to a Field Poll released early on Wednesday.