Monday, April 21, 2008

House Dems Outraise Republicans, Again

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The month of March provided an eight-figure take for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the political organization of the majority Democrats in the U.S. House: the DCCC collected $10.1 million last month, ahead of the $7.1 million raised by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), according to reports both organizations filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The DCCC and NRCC, which are two of the primary actors in this year's campaign for the House, file their campaign finance reports on a monthly schedule. But because the month of March also coincided with the end of a three-month quarter, when fundraising tends to intensify, the parties raised larger sums last month than in nearly every other month thus far in the 2007-08 campaign cycle. In fact, the NRCC's March take was its largest one-month haul in the 15 full months of this election cycle. The DCCC's March take was exceeded only by the $12.1 million it raised in March 2007 and the $10.4 million it raised in June 2007.

By raising more and also spending less last month than its GOP counterpart, the DCCC widened its advantage in campaign cash on hand over the NRCC to $44.3 million to $7.2 million, a ratio of greater than six to one. The cash-rich DCCC will begin to spend these tens of millions of dollars this fall, primarily to air television and radio advertisements and publish mail pieces in districts in which Republicans are the defending party.


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