The Republican National Committee was $21 million in debt in February, a stark figure illustrating the deep hole the party must dig out from following a rocky financial year.
The RNC reported Sunday that it raised $5.2 million in February and paid $1 million toward the outstanding debt left by former Chairman Michael Steele.
The $21 million debt is larger than initially thought, because the party discovered an additional $1 million in unpaid bills last month, a committee source said. That included being slapped with a $650,000 bank fee for having a low balance.
The Democratic National Committee raised $6.9 million in February and had $10.5 million in cash on hand at the beginning of the month, according to the DNC. It was $17.9 million in debt.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that party officials have “reexamined contracts, cut overhead by 35 percent, and exceeded our major donor fundraising goals by 200 percent in just two short months.”
“We continue to receive bills from previous commitments but we have turned a corner and feel good about the direction of our Committee and our Party,” he said. “Based on the success of the past two months, I am confident we will have the resources to defeat President Obama.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.