NRSC Outraises DSCC in April

Posted May 20, 2010 at 5:56pm

The National Republican Senatorial Committee outraised the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in April, and, perhaps more importantly, the GOP committee is now virtually tied with its Democratic counterpart in cash on hand.

The NRSC raised $4.4 million in April and ended the month with $17 million in the bank, according to monthly fundraising reports set to be filed with the Federal Election Commission. The DSCC raised $3.1 million during that time and had just more than $17.1 million in the bank at the end of the month, after leading in cash on hand by a nearly 2-to-1 margin last fall.

The Republican committee spent $2.3 million in April while the Democratic committee spent nearly $3.3 million.

Neither committee is carrying any debt from the 2008 cycle.

The NRSC’s fundraising total for April was down from the $5.1 million the committee raised in March and slightly up from the $4.3 million it raised in April 2008. With April’s haul, the NRSC has so far raised $60.5 million in the 2010 cycle.

The DSCC total was down from the $6 million it raised in March and down from the $4.2 million raised in April of 2008. The Democratic committee has raised $61.8 million for the cycle.

NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer attributed the committee’s performance in April to a growing list of donors and growing frustration with Democratic control in Washington, D.C.

“As we move closer to Election Day, it’s increasingly clear that President Obama’s big-government, big-spending agenda is putting more and more Democrat Senate seats in play,” Jesmer said. “This makes it even more important to ensure that all of our candidates have the resources to run and win in November.”

DSCC Executive Director J.B. Poersch said that Democrats are well-prepared heading into the midterms.

“As the election gets closer, the DSCC will continue to aggressively make that distinction and will work hard to raise the funds necessary to maintain and expand our Democratic majority in the Senate,” Poersch said.