DSCC Outraises the NRSC in April

The latest numbers, per Roll Call (subscription required):

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is set to report that it raised $2.93 million in April and that it is now debt-free after beginning the cycle more than $4 million in the red.

The committee now has nearly $2.7 million in cash on hand.

Meanwhile, after beginning the 2010 cycle $11 million in the red, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee made a major push to pay off its debt in April. The DSCC paid down more than $6 million in debt last month and ended April with $4.58 million in debt.

The DSCC raised $3.1 million during April. As of April 30, the DSCC had $2.6 million in cash on hand.

The NRSC's April haul totaled $1.1 million more than what the committee raised in April 2007, but it is less than the nearly $5 million it raised in March.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee came into this cycle with significantly more debt on hand than the National Republican Senatorial Committee -- but I would imagine that few Democrats would begrudge the committee for this fact considering that the party picked up eight Senate seats in 2008. So even though the DSCC still has more debt than it has cash-on-hand at this juncture, while the NRSC has made its way into the black for the cycle, these numbers are actually fairly for the committee. And with the DSCC outraising the NRSC, even by a relatively narrow margin, the trajectory for the committee, as well as the party's hopes to grow its majority in the Senate more broadly, certainly looks good.

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Bunning Lowers Expectations While Congressional Democrats Give Insight

Crossposted from Hillbilly Report. Join the discussion!!

It is no big secret that Jim Bunning's fundraising has been a little off here lately. It is also no big secret just why. Recently, the nation has been finding out what Kentucky Progressives both rural and urban have known for quite some time. Jim Bunning is off his rocker. Now, even Republicans don't like him.

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A Slow Fundraising Start for 2010

On the House side of the ledge, the Democrats far outpaced the GOP:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported raising $3.5 million and the National Republican Congressional Committee took in $2 million in February, according to reports that the two House campaign organizations filed on Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

The DCCC, which is defending a Democratic majority that presently includes 254 seats (there are three vacancies in Democratic-held districts), spent $2.6 million in February and began this month with $2.9 million left to spend. The NRCC spent $1.3 million and had $1.9 million cash-on-hand.

The Senate fundraising numbers look much closer:

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will report that it raised $2.87 million in February, matching its Democratic counterpart in fundraising while using much of the money to pay down its debt.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also raised $2.87 million, ending the month with $3.7 million in its campaign account. It still holds $10.9 million in debt from last cycle and didn't pay any of it off over the past month.

The NRSC now has $1.05 million cash on hand at the end of February, with $2.7 million outstanding in debt. Last month, the committee held more than $4 million in debt. The NRSC's fundraising total is up significantly from last month, when it raised just $1.8 million.

On the national numbers, the GOP came out on top:

The Democratic National Committee raised $3.2 million in February, a strikingly low take for a financial juggernaut led by President Barack Obama and his legions of grass-roots supporters who helped him shatter campaign fundraising records.

Even the committee's Republican counterpart raised more -- $5.1 million -- last month and did so under more difficult circumstances. The GOP was coming off of a disastrous election in which it lost the White House and saw its numbers in Congress shrink further. New GOP chairman Michael Steele also had a rocky start.


The DNC reported $8.6 million on hand and $7 million in debt, while the RNC reported $24 million in the bank and no debt.

The DNC numbers aren't entirely surprising given that party chairman Tim Kaine was not fundraising while the Virginia legislature was in session, as well as the decision not to hold a fundraiser featuring the President until this month. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a significant difference on this front when the March numbers are released.

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ActBlue in 50 Words or Less (with prizes!)

"I believe candidates with strong, sound stances deserve our support, and this is a race where your dollars can make the difference. Please make a contribution to this critical cause."

Sound familiar? If you have any experience with our fundraising pages you will have seen this (and perhaps fallen asleep to it) a few too many times. It is the default text for ActBlue's fundraising pages. As you've seen here on MyDD's Road to 60 page, ActBlue's customizable fundraising pages allow progressive activists to raise money for the best Democratic candidates out there easily and effectively. But while the original blurb did help Democrats use our pages, we're in year 5 of ActBlue, and this is definitely year 3-4 material. We'll be working with thousands of new fundraisers this cycle, and we want to make sure they have the best language. And, well, this isn't it.

So, we need ideas.

We know you're best equipped to know what language will appeal to your friends and neighbors, so we wanted to give all of you an opportunity to create the next fundraising page blurb. If we pick yours, it will show up automatically on almost every fundraising page created on ActBlue. To show our appreciation, we'll send the winner and two runners-up an ActBlue Ice Cream Scoop! (No, we're not kidding. And trust us, it's a high quality scoop - The Original Zeroll.)

Okay, here are the guidelines:

  1. The blurb must be fewer than 50 words.
  2. It has to be fairly generic (no specific issues or names), but still get across the basic reason for the fundraising page. This is something our current text does fairly well, if you are looking for an example.
  3. If you can make it apply to pages for candidates and/or committees, all the better. If not, at least make it appeal to people looking to donate to candidates.
  4. We are Democrats, and our pages are for Democrats. If your message would appeal to Democrats, that would probably earn points.
  5. Humor is a big plus, but only that universal humor that works for everyone.
  6. Effective fundraising is personal. Think about what kind of language would help you be a better fundraiser, and think about why your friends and family might feel compelled to give.
  7. All entries must be received by 3/25.

Fill out your entry form right here! Thank you for your participation!

ActBlue is active in all 50 states, helping Democrats raise money for their chosen candidate from the comfort of their living rooms and offices. We believe that your voice should be heard everywhere from your state capitol to the Senate floor, and we're working to make sure it is. Please support our work with a $15 recurring contribution today!

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"This Inauguration was brought to you by...."

I watched the events at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday with my eyes tearing up on multiple occasions. It was both emotional and incredible, to say the least. At the end, I realized that an acquaintance--someone in the music industry whom I respect immensely for his talent and genius--had actually been one of the senior folks involved in its production, and that was just icing on the cake.

Then I went online to get my daily dose of news, and as usual, I made my way over to one of my favorite haunts, The Automatic Earth, only to see Ilargi going a little over the top about the costs of the Inaugural production(s). However, the guy's argument did have some merit to it. $50 million is a lot of money for a Party, considering how tough times are right now. But, I thought to myself, "If this funding is coming from the private sector, then what the hell."

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