The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee by $1 million in May.
According to figures provided by the committees, the DSCC raised $4.1 million last month to the NRSC’s $3.1 million. The DSCC has raised $18.6 million so far this year, and the NRSC has brought in $17.7 million.
Democrats chalked up the discrepancy last month to a message victory on Medicare, calling it a “game changer.”
“It is helping motivate Democratic donors in every corner of the country, helping us out raise the Republicans and surpass our own fundraising goals,” DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said in a statement.
The DSCC began June with $7.8 million, and the NRSC had $1.77 million. The NRSC, however, has paid off all of its remaining debt from the previous cycle, making it the first national party committee to do so. The DSCC declined to release its debt total as of June 1 but owed $4.3 million at the end of April.
The NRSC has surpassed by $5 million its fundraising performance by this point in the 2008 presidential cycle. By comparison, the DSCC is off pace from the same point in the previous presidential cycle. It had already raised more than $22 million through May 2007.
In a statement to Roll Call, NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said: “Strengthening the NRSC’s finances has been a top priority for [NRSC Chairman John] Cornyn since the moment he took this job, and we’re pleased to be the first national committee to be debt-free this cycle. Every dollar raised will go directly to winning back a Senate Republican majority in 2012.”