RNC outraises DNC by more than two to one, Democratic House and Senate committees outraise Republican counterparts

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has outraised its Democratic counterpart by more than two-to-one for a fifth consecutive month, while the Democratic Senate committee outraised its Republican counterpart for a third consecutive month, according to campaign finance reports filed with the FEC in October.
 
So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC, NRSC, and NRCC have raised 32.7% more than the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC ($276.8 million to $199.0 million). The Republican fundraising advantage is up from 31.5% in September reports.
 
At this point in the 2016 campaign cycle (the most recent presidential election cycle) the RNC had a smaller 53.3% fundraising advantage over the DNC ($80.7 million to $46.7 million).
 
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $6.8 million and spent $5.3 million in the period, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $5.1 million and spent $3.6 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the NRSC has raised 7.1% more than the DSCC ($47.7 million to $44.5 million). The NRSC’s 7.1% fundraising advantage is down from 12.3% in September and 16.6% in August. The DSCC’s $6.8 million is its highest single-month fundraising figure this year. The NRSC’s best month for fundraising was April when it raised $7.5 million.
 
On the House side, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $12.9 million and spent $5.5 million. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised $7.8 million and spent $5.7 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the DCCC has raised 38.4% more than the NRCC ($89.1 million to $60.4 million). The DCCC’s 38.4% fundraising advantage is up from 36.6% in September and 34.6% in August. The DCCC’s $12.9 million fundraising figure is its second-best this year, behind $13.5 million in April. April was also the NRCC’s best month for fundraising with $13.0 million raised.
 
At this point in the 2018 campaign cycle, Democrats led in both Senate and House fundraising, although their advantage in the House was smaller than in this cycle. The DSCC had raised 33.7% more than the NRSC ($40.3 million to $34.4 million), while the DCCC had raised 11.4% more than the NRCC ($81.4 million to $72.6 million).
 
Republicans continue to lead in national committee fundraising. The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $27.3 million and spent $22.0 million, while the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised $7.0 million and spent $6.6 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC has raised 88.2% more than the DNC ($168.7 million to $65.4 million). The RNC’s 88.2% fundraising advantage is up from 83.0% in September and 80.0% in August. The RNC’s $27.3 million fundraising figure is its largest this year. The DNC’s best month for fundraising was July when it raised $8.5 million.
 



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