DSCC Outraises NRSC in October

Democrats have outpaced Republicans by $14 million so far this cycle.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) walks with Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) toward Marine One to depart the White House November 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Obama is traveling to Dallas, Texas to attend fundraisers and talk about the Affordable Health Care Act.
National Journal
Alex Roarty
Nov. 18, 2013, 12:04 a.m.

Sen­ate Demo­crats out­raised Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans last month. Again.

The Demo­crat­ic Sen­at­ori­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee re­por­ted Monday that it raised $4.8 mil­lion last month, its best-ever haul in Oc­to­ber of an off-year. It was $1 mil­lion more than the $3.8 mil­lion col­lec­ted by the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Sen­at­ori­al Com­mit­tee.

So far this cycle, the DSCC has raised $14 mil­lion more than the NR­SC, bring­ing in $43.5 mil­lion to the NR­SC’s $29.5 mil­lion. It also has more cash on hand — $11.1 mil­lion, com­pared with $5 mil­lion.

“The Re­pub­lic­an brand has been per­man­ently dam­aged and poll num­bers show sup­port for their reck­less agenda is at an all-time low,” said Guy Cecil, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or for the DSCC. “We are grate­ful for our sup­port­ers who con­tin­ue to al­low us to do the im­port­ant work of pro­tect­ing a Demo­crat­ic ma­jor­ity in the Sen­ate.”

The news isn’t all neg­at­ive for the GOP, however. The $3.8 mil­lion is the most the NR­SC has raised in a single month since the 2012 elec­tion, a month after it re­placed its fin­ance dir­ect­or. And while the DSCC is $6.2 mil­lion in debt, the NR­SC is debt-free.

Demo­crats’ fun­drais­ing clearly be­nefited from the gov­ern­ment shut­down, which ended in mid-Oc­to­ber. In Septem­ber, in the run-up to the stan­doff, Demo­crat­ic polit­ic­al com­mit­tees across the board raised more money than their Re­pub­lic­an coun­ter­parts.

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