Dem Committees Hold $32 Million CoH Advantage Over GOP

It's the 20th of April today, so that means it's that time of the month again: Time to look at the campaign finance filings for all six of the parties' campaign committees.

CommitteeMarch ReceiptsMarch DisbursementsMarch Cash-on-HandMarch Debts & Obligations
DSCC (est.) $8,200,000.00N/A$37,800,000.00$0
NRSC (est.)$4,200,000.00N/A$17,300,000$0

Interestingly enough, this is actually the fourth straight month in which the three Republican campaign committees combined have managed to outraise the three Democratic campaign committees combined. Over these four months, the Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee have raised a combined $82,848,883.92 to the $72,185,156.45 raised by the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- better than a $10.6 million advantage.

During this time, however, the Democratic committees' net cash-on-hand advantage over the GOP committees actually grew from $28,777,997.81 at the end of November to $31,888,761.78 today. That means that over the past four months, the Republicans have effectively wasted close to $14 million -- spending that much more than the Democrats -- to little avail. The Republicans couldn't hold on to the congressional seat vacated by former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert; It looks like they're having an awfully difficult time defending the congressional seat they must defend in a special election down in Louisiana -- all of this while frittering away millions and millions of dollars.

Now is there room to grow, room for the Democrats to do a better job in the fundraising department? There's always room to do better. Specifically, it would be preferable if the DNC weren't outraised by the RNC by a $9.4 million margin. That said, all in all, the fact that the Democratic committees have close to $32 million more in the bank than the Republican committees leaves little to really complain or worry about at this juncture.

Tags: 2008, dccc, DNC, DSCC, Fundraising, House 2008, NRCC, NRSC, RNC, Senate 2008 (all tags)



Re: Dem Committees Hold $32 Million CoH Advantage

Mods - can you deal with WWGWD who is trolling away in the diaries?

by interestedbystander 2008-04-20 12:19PM | 0 recs
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Wow that was quick - thank you.

by interestedbystander 2008-04-20 12:34PM | 0 recs

... will do fine once the primary wraps up. And if you add in the totals from the candidates (especially Obama v. McCain) then there would a crushing advantage to the Democrats.

by Purplepeople 2008-04-20 12:22PM | 0 recs
Re: DNC...

Yes, I agree.  It looks bad now, but it will be fine once July comes.

by The Distillery 2008-04-20 12:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Dem Committees Hold $32 Million CoH Advantage

Dean has got to do something. Look I understand he is building state parties but the RNC/DNC numbers are absolutely terrifying. He's had years at this and I'm very worried.

by MNPundit 2008-04-20 12:22PM | 0 recs
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I don't think it is too much to worry about yet...and here is why-

The DSCC and the DCCC are burying their counterparts AND our Presidential Candidate will bury McCain in fundraising. The RNC covering the DNC isn't enough to even things up for them unless it is a CRUSHING, lead which it is not.

That being said I am donating what I can do the DNC today and I hope everyone else will too; there is no reason we can't be winning across the board by the end of summer.

by JDF 2008-04-20 12:29PM | 0 recs
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  I thought that Chris Van Hollen would rock as DCCC  chairman.  Indeed, he does.  I might even get to be his constituent next year.

by cilerder86 2008-04-20 12:42PM | 0 recs

Speaking of filing, has anyone seen her March numbers yet?

by Purplepeople 2008-04-20 12:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Clinton?

They have to come out by tomorrow.  So we will see.

by The Distillery 2008-04-20 12:46PM | 0 recs

I thought they had to be in today, so I've been keeping an eye out for them as 5pm has rolled closer. Unless they were unexpectedly good I still don't see the strategy in having them hit right before the primary, so I am curious to see how this plays out.

by Purplepeople 2008-04-20 12:48PM | 0 recs
Go Dems!

Besides the obvious answer, "because they suck!", why have Republicans been struggling to raise money this election cycle?  The NRSC, NRCC, and John McCain have been posting some weak-ass numbers.  Do you think they'll see a bump when the Democrats finally pick a nominee or will they continue to lag behind?

by Homebrewer 2008-04-20 12:48PM | 0 recs
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The Republicans were generally disgusted with the candidates and most folks held back their cash until they found out/were told who they'd be obliged to back in the general.  Now that they've found the next "face" to sell the ongoing PNAC agenda, the big bucks are starting to come into play on their side.  

by pakaal 2008-04-20 12:52PM | 0 recs
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I'm unfamiliar with campaign finance and fundraising, so I've always wondered what do these organisations do differently from the DNC.  I know that the DCCC focuses on the House elections and the DSCC focuses on the Senate, but what does the DNC do, plug up the wholes?
Maybe we should have a fundraising awarness diary explaining which is in individuals best interest to donate to.  Like if you live in a competetive district/state or not or if you have competetive local races.  Is the DNC involved in those as well?  Thanks
by goodleh 2008-04-20 12:55PM | 0 recs
At a guess...

... if you live in district/state with a competitive race donate to the candidate directly. Then you know the money is going to help them and good fundraising numbers equals good press. If you don't then give to the national committees, and obviously to whomever wins the nomination.

by Purplepeople 2008-04-20 12:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Dem Committees Hold $32 Million CoH Advantage

Someone should post comparative contribution numbers from similar periods in presidential '00 and '04.

If memory serves, we were getting absolutely KILLED during those years:  Under McAuliffe, I think I remember a complete disadvantage all the time:  Warchest and fundraising numbers were usually like a quarter of the GOP.

Chairman Dean has done a totally unexpected and incredible, awesome job of coordinating, inspiring, and getting both the deep-pocket and the $20 Democrats to pull together.

Granted, Dem advantage in grass roots communications, use of Internet resources, and the fantastic job the GOP has done of mucking up this country have all been in his favor.

But those are TACTICAL issues.  

Strategically, in terms of vision, leadership, team-building, and total impact, I can't believe how good the choice of Howard Dean has turned out for this party.

I almost have to believe the GOP would have been hurt less by Dean as President in '04, who they would have demonized and neutered, than Dean as DNC Chair the past couple years, who has beaten them at every turn, in avery arena, and hurt them maybe mortally where they live: In the money pits.

The GOP has been pwned by Dean to such a degree that its very future existence and survival are now legitimately in question:  If it continues its current tactics of obstruction of the will of the American people in domestic policy, its anti-Hispanic anti-immigrant rhetoric, its scorched-earth treatment of African-Americans and Muslims and Liberals and Women, its dedication to corporatism and corruption and warmongering, I just don't see how it gets people to keep contributing, and therefore how it remains a major party.

Shh... A word of advice to us:  "Never get in the way of a man falling down the stairs."

by dembluestates 2008-04-20 02:41PM | 0 recs
The Dem committees would do better if

the Dems in congress threw the activists, the progressives a bone-- no more funding of the war, impeachment hearings, reinstating habeas corpus, investigating some more of those Bush appointees-- you know, stuff that would show they were taking us seriously. Then, the money would pour in.

by robkall 2008-04-20 03:40PM | 0 recs
by KainIIIC 2008-04-20 04:34PM | 0 recs
Goes to show...

The Republicans are putting their eggs in the presidential basket. They are in a weaker position then the Democrats in Senate and House races, but have some kind of shot at winning the presidential election. From their perspective, both Clinton and Obama have vulnerabilities.

GHWB with his signing statements, disciplined coaching and supporting national media has pushed a strong president model. This has been aided by a timid Democratic Congress. If McCain should win, we would certainly see this model continue.

Despite the Democratic lack of spine to date, if the worst were to happen, we'd have no choice but to push for a more ideological and more confrontational Congress.

by MetaData 2008-04-20 05:56PM | 0 recs


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