Senate Committees Post April Fundraising Totals

Posted May 19, 2009 at 10:11am

Updated: 11:52 a.m.Senate Democrats slightly outraised their GOP counterparts in April and also paid down a large chunk of their 2008 debt last month, according to fundraising reports set to be filed with the Federal Election Commission. 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.So far this cycle, the committee has received donations from 94 people who have cut checks for $28,500 or more. Just 39 individuals had given the maximum amount at this point in the 2008 cycle. The NRSC has also added 27,676 first-time contributors in 2009.News of the committee’s strong April numbers comes a week after the editor of the conservative blog RedState.com called for a financial boycott of the NRSC after Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) endorsed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) over former Florida Speaker Marco Rubio (R), who is more conservative, in the Sunshine State’s open Senate race.“As we work to start closing the financial gap enjoyed by the Democrats in recent cycles, it’s clear that the NRSC’s message on the importance of checks and balances in Washington is resonating with concerned Americans across the country,— NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said Tuesday.On March 31, the DSCC posted $7.2 million in cash on hand but had about $10.9 million in debt. DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz said Republican efforts to block the Obama administration helped boost Democratic fundraising in April.“Every time Republicans stand in the way of President Obama’s agenda to get this economy back on track, it energizes our supporters because they know we need at least 60 Democratic Senators to end Republican obstructionism,— Schultz said.