NRCC Outraises DCCC in February

Posted March 21, 2010 at 10:41am

House Republicans raised more than their Democratic counterparts for the first time in several months during February, as the health care debate continued to dominate discourse on Capitol Hill.

The National Republican Congressional Committee reported raising $5.1 million last month compared with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s $4.4 million haul. However, House Republicans still have a fraction of the Democrats’ cash on hand, with $6.1 million in the bank compared with the DCCC’s almost $20 million war chest.

The NRCC spent $3.2 million in February and is carrying no debt. The committee also boasted almost $1 million in transfers from their own Members last month, including $200,000 from Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), plus $100,000 each from NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) and Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.).

The DCCC reported $667,000 in debt at the end of February after spending $2.9 million last month. The DCCC barely raised more than the NRCC in January.

On the Senate side, the new fundraising reports filed Saturday with the Federal Election Commission showed that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is narrowing the cash-on-hand advantage the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has had.

The DSCC still has a small cash advantage over their GOP counterparts, ending the month with $14.3 million in the bank compared with the NRSC’s $12.86 million But that’s a much closer margin than just five months ago, when the DSCC reported a $5.1 million cash-on-hand lead over the NRSC at the end of September.

The NRSC raised $4.64 million in February, compared with the $4 million the DSCC raised. The DSCC spent $2.7 million and also still has $417,000 in debt left over from the 2008 cycle. The NRSC spent $2.2 million during the month and continues to be debt-free.

John McArdle contributed to this report.