RNC outraises DNC for seventh consecutive month; fundraising gap between major party House and Senate committees narrows

The Republican National Committee (RNC) outraised its Democratic counterpart by more than two-to-one for a seventh consecutive month, while the Democratic House committee outraised its Republican counterpart, according to December 2019 campaign finance reports filed with the FEC.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $6.2 million and spent $3.2 million last month, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $5.8 million and spent $5.8 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the NRSC has raised 8.7% more than the DSCC ($60.7 million to $55.6 million). The NRSC’s 8.7% fundraising advantage is down from 8.8% in November but up from 7.1% in October.

On the House side, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $9.0 million and spent $5.1 million, while the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised $6.7 million and spent $5.6 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the DCCC has raised 35.5% more than the NRCC ($110.3 million to $77.1 million). The DCCC’s 35.5% fundraising advantage is down from 36.0% in November and 38.4% in October.

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 22.9% more than the NRSC ($48.5 million to $38.5 million), while the DCCC had raised 17.0% more than the NRCC ($96.0 million to $81.0 million).

Republicans continue to lead in national committee fundraising. The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $20.6 million and spent $18.8 million while the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised $8.1 million and spent $8.4 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC has raised 88.9% more than the DNC ($214.6 million to $82.5 million). The RNC’s 88.9% fundraising advantage is down from 89.1% in November but up from 88.2% in October.

At this point in the 2016 campaign cycle (the most recent presidential cycle) the RNC had a smaller 49.5% fundraising advantage over the DNC ($95.6 million to $57.9 million).

So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC, NRSC, and NRCC have raised 34.6% more than the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC ($352.4 million to $248.5 million). The Republican fundraising advantage is up from 34.2% in November and 32.7% in October.

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Fundraising in Congressional elections, 2018




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