After three months of prodigious fundraising this year, House Democrats and Republicans both carry the same amount of debt — about $8 million — at the start of the 2012 election cycle.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday morning that it had cut its debt by more than half in the past three months, down from $19.5 million in the red at the beginning of the year. House Democrats’ chief campaign arm also raised slightly more than its GOP counterpart, bringing in $19.6 million over the course of the first three months of the year and reporting $4.6 million in the bank.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, however, has almost twice that amount on hand with $9 million in its cash reserve, according to a committee spokeswoman. The committee raised $18.1 million during the first quarter.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.