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Nation: NRSC Outraises DSCC by $300,000 in October

The National Republican Senatorial Committee outraised its partisan counterpart last month by about $300,000, but the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ended October with roughly twice as much cash in the bank.

The NRSC raised about $4 million last month and had about $5.9 million in cash on hand as of Oct. 30, according to fundraising reports set to be filed with the Federal Election Commission later this week.

The campaign arm of Senate Republicans also spent about $3.1 million last month with a substantial sum going toward updating the committee’s direct-mail programs.

The DSCC raised $3.7 million in October and spent $2.7 million. The committee had $11.3 million in the bank at the end of the month and $2 million in remaining debts from the 2008 cycle.

This is the fifth month this year that Senate Republicans’ campaign arm has outraised their Democratic counterparts.

DCCC Raffles Dinner With Pelosi, Goreacle

House Democrats are thanking their supporters by rewarding one lucky donor with the opportunity to have dinner with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Vice President Al Gore.

Pelosi penned a letter on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee offering supporters a chance to win dinner with her and Gore in Los Angeles in December. The occasion, according to the e-mail, was to congratulate the party’s supporters on passing recent health care legislation in the House.

“I want you to know that we would never have passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act in the House if not for you and your unflinching commitment,— Pelosi wrote.

These fundraising drives, however, typically bring in new small-dollar donors and can be a major cash haul for the committee. Although supporters are invited to donate only a few dollars, no purchase is necessary for the prize.

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