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Nation: August Was Good to Democrats

Both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee won the August fundraising battle with their GOP counterparts.

The Senate committee outraised Republicans by $1.4 million and the House committee bested the GOP by $1.7 million, according to reports that were being filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

The DSCC brought in just more than $7.4 million last month with the help of a $1 million donation from former DSCC Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.). The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised just more than $6 million.

But the NRSC can take comfort in the fact that it had more cash on hand heading into the final two months of the campaign.

After shelling out $7 million in August, including large ad buys in Pennsylvania and Missouri, the DSCC had about $22.9 million on hand as of Sept. 1. The NRSC was less active in August. It spent $2.6 million and had $24.5 million in the bank on Sept. 1.

On the House side, the DCCC brought in just more than $8.3 million in August, compared with $6.6 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee. The fundraising victory for the DCCC broke a string of four consecutive months in which the NRCC had outraised the Democrats.

The DCCC showed about $39.1 million in the bank on Sept. 1 compared with the NRCC’s $25.6 million.

Both committees spent heavily in August on independent expenditures to fund television ads that began hitting airwaves in late August and early September. The DCCC reported $5.1 million in expenditures during the month while the NRCC spent $3.1 million.

Both sides say they’re ready for the high-stakes contest ahead.

“The NRSC is well-prepared to go on offense in battleground states around the country,” NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer said in a statement Monday.

Committees Promote Their Candidates

Democrats and Republicans promoted a handful of candidates following strong showings in their respective primaries.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Monday that Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire’s 2nd district and Bill Keating of Massachusetts’ 10th have been added to the Red to Blue program, which gives them “financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support.”

Kuster faces former Rep. Charlie Bass (R) in a contest to replace Rep. Paul Hodes (D), who is running for Senate. Keating will face state Rep. Jeff Perry (R) in a race to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Bill Delahunt (D).

For Republicans, no new Young Guns were minted, but several others moved up the ranks of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s development program.

Moving to On the Radar status are Fran Becker in New York’s 4th, Mike Fallon in Colorado’s 1st, Blake Farenthold in Texas’ 27th, Jason Levesque in Maine’s 2nd, Anna Little in New Jersey’s 6th, Janet Peckinpaugh in Connecticut’s 2nd, George Phillips in New York’s 22nd, Morgan Philpot in Utah’s 2nd, Andy Vidak in California’s 20th and Tom Watson in California’s 23rd.

Moving to Contender status are Ann Marie Buerkle in New York’s 25th, Tim Burns in Pennsylvania’s 12th, Sam Caligiuri in Connecticut’s 5th, Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee’s 4th, Rich Iott in Ohio’s 9th, Bill Johnson in Ohio’s 6th, Todd Lally in Kentucky’s 3rd, Tom Marino in Pennsylvania’s 10th, Mariannette Miller-Meeks in Iowa’s 2nd, Keith Rothfus in Pennsylvania’s 4th and Brad Zaun in Iowa’s 3rd.

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