Updated: 2:12 p.m.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee outraised its counterpart for the sixth month this year by bringing in $3.3 million in November to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s $3 million, according to monthly fundraising reports set to be filed with the Federal Election Commission.
But even accounting for the $1.7 million in debt the DSCC continues to carry, the Democratic committee continues to have a significant cash advantage in the ongoing money battle. The DSCC had $11.9 million in the bank as of Nov. 30 to the NRSC’s $7.3 million in cash on hand. The Republican committee is carrying no debt.
“Democrats are energized by the ongoing Republican strategy of wanting to turn back to the old ways of Washington, including the George Bush economic policies and doing nothing to address the rising costs of health care,— DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz said Friday.
The Democratic committee also outspent its Republican counterpart in November with $2.5 million in outlays to $1.8 million for the NRSC.
In terms of total money raised, November’s haul helped put the NRSC on track to finish the first year of the 2010 cycle well above where it stood at the same point in the 2008 cycle.
In 11 months the NRSC has brought in just more than $37 million. That’s an $8 million increase over the nearly $29 million raised during the first 11 months of the 2008 cycle. But the Republican committee has less cash on hand at this point in the cycle than it did two years ago. The NRSC had nearly $10.5 million in the bank as of Nov. 30, 2007.
The DSCC has raised just more than $40 million in 2010, down from the more than $49 million the committee had raised through November 2008. The DSCC ended November 2008 with about $25.5 million in cash on hand.
“With more than 200,000 new first-time donors to the NRSC, it’s clear that both our grass-roots and independent voters recognize the importance of next year’s elections,— NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said on Friday. “Restoring accountability and checks and balances in Washington has never been more critical, particularly as the Democrats prepare to ram through a massive government health care bill.—