Dems raise big bucks…on state level

July 21, 2006

From Melinda Hilterbrand – IN columnist & staunch Dem from Pace:

old ladiesThe Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raked in $8.8 million in June, almost double the $4.8 million that its GOP counterpart brought in for the same month. The DSCC has raised a whopping $73 million for the 2006 campaign cycle and has nearly $38 million in the bank, almost twice as much as what the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has in its coffers […]

In June, the NRSC raised only $4.8 million despite claiming that it had raised at least $7 million more at a single event with the President that month. The media accounts following a Bush-headlined fundraiser for the NRSC and its House counterpart reported that the GOP Senate committee expected to bring in $12 million just from that one event.

Now I’m curious as to how much Bush really raised at that big gala fundraiser. That’s one heck of a discrepency.

It’ll be interesting to see how much the NRCC reports, since they claimed to have raised $17 million at that same event.

Here’s an update on the NRCC’s numbers:

Cash Raised in June (Keeping in mind that the NRCC had the president’s dinner where they claimed they would raise $15 million):

DCCC: $9.8 million
NRCC: $9.5 million

Indeed. From WaPo, on the dinner: “The NRCC will receive $15 million of the $27 million, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee will get $12 million… But Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.), the House chair of the dinner, said in an interview: “I think this dinner is going to reestablish the cash advantage . . . that we’ve historically had.”… But McCrery said the dinner marks a change in that pattern: “Republicans have certainly wrested the momentum from the Democrats.”

Wow. What a bunch of liars. Sure, they could claim “momentum” for a day or two after the dinner, but man, talk about a serious flop when the real numbers came out.

And what does this say about Bush’s vaunted fundraising capabilities? A dinner that was supposed to raise $27 million raised less than $14 million. Probably quite a bit less, since we must assume the NRSC and NRCC raised money from other places.

I say the momentum is clearly on the Democratic side (if it ever even left it).


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