DCCC Outraises NRCC in August, Keeps Huge Cash Lead

Posted September 22, 2008 at 9:50am

House Democrats continued their fundraising run in August, narrowly outraising House GOPers and adding to their almost 4-1 cash advantage with two months to go until Election Day.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $3.8 million from individuals, $5.1 million overall, in August, spending $7.6 million and ending the month with roughly $54 million on hand. According to the committee’s most recent Federal Election Commission filing, the DCCC has spent $367,000 to date targeting an open seat race in Rep. Jerry Weller’s (R-Ill.) central Land of Lincoln district and $326,000 defending endangered Rep. Nick Lampson’s (D-Texas) seat in former Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s (R-Texas) Houston-area district.

The National Republican Congressional Committee brought in $3.3 million from individuals, $3.4 million overall, during the month, spending roughly the same amount as it raised and ending the period with $14.4 million in cash. Checks from individuals made up the bulk of contributions to the NRCC in August, as contributions from GOP Members and political action committees dropped off dramatically and made up just one-quarter of the committee’s overall take — a stark contrast to the previous month.

In July, the NRCC outraised the DCCC, raising $9.2 million overall, primarily from Republican lawmakers, who continue to feel the heat from party leaders to shore up the committee’s cash-on-hand disparity this cycle.