Republicans and Democrats raising big money for governor's races

With 37 governor's races coming up this November, the Republican Governor's Association and the Democratic Governor's Association are pulling in big money. The RGA "raised $9 million in the first quarter of 2010 and has $31 million cash on hand," CNN reported yesterday. The DGA raised $8 million during the first quarter, setting a new record for the organization, and has $22 million on hand. A DGA press release noted that first-quarter receipts in 2010 exceeded the organization's fundraising during the first six months of 2006.

The RGA and DGA set fundraising records in 2009, with the Republican organization bringing in $30 million and its Democratic counterpart raising $23 million. I'm pleasantly surprised that the DGA has been able to stay so competitive with the RGA's fundraising in 2010. The first couple of months of the year were rocky for Democrats politically, and many major Republican donors have been fleeing the Republican National Committee for various reasons, including RNC staffers' embarrassing fundraising plans and massive overspending on luxury hotels, limos and nightclubs. I suspect a lot of contributions that would have gone to the RNC in other years are flowing to the RGA.

Yesterday's press release from the DGA noted:

Since 2006, the DGA has compiled an impressive winning record on targeted races. In the six races where both governors committees have spent at least $500,000, DGA has won four. [...]

The strong first quarter fundraising piggybacks on two consecutive record-breaking years for the DGA and builds on what was already the largest cash-on-hand in organizational history. With $22 million already in the bank, the DGA will spend more on races in 2010 than it spent in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined. Grassroots donors are fired up about the GOP’s redistricting takeover plan and they boosted the DGA tothe $8 million mark with a surge of contributions in the final days of the first quarter.

“Even as we’re raising more than ever before, we’re spending that money wisely,” said Nathan Daschle, the DGA’s executive director. “We’ve trimmed our operating expenses significantly so that we can put more resources where it matters – into the races on the ground – and our burn rate is the lowest it’s ever been. We are committed to spending every dollar wisely because the stakes are so high – Republicans are planning to win so many governorships that they can redistrict themselves back to power.”

Some of the key redistricting states with competitive gubernatorial elections include California, Texas, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Tags: 2010 elections, DGA, Governor's Races, RGA, Fundraising (all tags)

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Ted Strickland

Of Ohio is going to have a tough race ahead of him.  John Kasich has a slight lead over him (according to an RCP average) and Strickland hasn't been able to do much to curb the economic problems in Ohio.  Although, Kasich was up by nearly 10 points in December so Strickland is closing the gap.  

Ohio's approval ratings of Obama are also not doing so hot.  

Kasich was a guest host on the O Reilly Factor and an analyst on Hannity.... Lets hope he doesn't get Ohio

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-01 03:04PM | 0 recs
RE: Ted Strickland and Kasich

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer yesterday, Strickland leads Kasich in a March 31 Quinnipiac poll by 5 points,  43% to 38%.  In Feb. Strickland led Kasich 44% to 30%, in Quinnipiac.

I agree it will be a tough race for Strickland, as he hasn't been able to deliver all that he promised in 2006; however, Kasich has been working for Lehmann Bros. since leaving Congress, so that can't be in his favor.

by susie 2010-04-02 12:37AM | 0 recs
RE: Ted Strickland and Kasich

Apparently even Rasmussen Reports, as of April 1, scores Strickland and Kasich in a virtual tie, with Kasich leading by 1% among likely voters.

by susie 2010-04-02 12:49AM | 0 recs
RE: Republicans and Democrats raising big money for governor's races

The Dems are behind in most of the battleground states in WI,PA,OH, and MI.  I find that hard to believe. The candidates in most of these states are not household names. I think the Dems should win MI,WI,and IL, but Corbett looks strong and may win at the end I have it 25-25 split in the governors races.

by olawakandi 2010-04-02 12:06PM | 0 recs

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