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.