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Six national party committees raise combined $2 billion this cycle

Six party committees have raised a combined $2 billion since January 2019, according to pre-general election campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on October 22. The reports covered all fundraising and spending between October 1 and October 14.

Democrats and Republicans each have three party committees: a national committee to coordinate overall party objectives and one committee each dedicated to electing members to the Senate and House (referred to as Hill committees). During the 2018 campaign cycle, the six committees spent a combined $1.3 billion. So far in the 2020 cycle, they have spent a combined $1.8 billion out of more than $2 billion in fundraising.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $38.2 million and spent $42.8 million during the first half of October, while the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised $37.4 million and spent $58.9 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC has raised 47.9% more than the DNC ($642.6 million to $394.5 million). The RNC’s 47.9% advantage is down from 51.5% at the end of September and 61.9% the month before.

At this point in the 2016 election cycle (the most recent presidential cycle), the RNC had a smaller 16.1% fundraising advantage over the DNC ($290.6 million to $247.3 million).

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $35.3 million and spent $33.6 million during the first half of October, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $19.3 million and spent $23.6 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the DSCC has raised 10.6% more than the NRSC ($244.3 million to $219.7 million). The DSCC’s 10.6% fundraising advantage is up from 4.2% at the end of September and 1.5% the month before.

On the House side, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $12.3 million and spent $45.4 million during the first half of October, while the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised $11.7 million and spent $30.4 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the DCCC has raised 25.1% more than the NRCC ($290.5 million to $225.8 million). The DCCC’s 25.1% fundraising advantage is down from 26.1% at the end of September and 26.3% the month before.

At this point in the 2018 campaign cycle, Democrats had a wider lead in House fundraising and a narrower lead in Senate fundraising. The DSCC had raised 4.5% more than the NRSC ($135.3 million to $129.4 million), while the DCCC had raised 35.9% more than the NRCC ($250.3 million to $174.1 million).

So far in the 2020 campaign cycle, the RNC, NRSC, and NRCC have raised 15.7% more than the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC ($1.088 billion to $929.3 million). Republicans’ 15.7% fundraising advantage is down from 18.7% at the end of September and 24.8% the month before.

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DNC outraises RNC for second consecutive month

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) outraised the Republican National Committee (RNC) in September, its second consecutive month leading in fundraising, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Last month, the RNC raised $71.8 million and spent $108.6 million, while the DNC raised $76.0 million and spent $62.8 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC has raised 51.5% more than the DNC ($604.5 million to $357.0 million). The RNC’s 51.5% fundraising advantage is down from 61.9% in September and 78.6% in August.

At this point in the 2016 campaign cycle (the most recent presidential cycle), the RNC had a smaller 19.6% fundraising advantage over the DNC ($270.7 million to $222.5 million).

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $43.8 million and spent $54.7 million last month, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $32.7 million and spent $23.7 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the DSCC has raised 4.2% more than the NRSC ($209.0 million to $200.3 million). The DSCC’s 4.2% fundraising advantage is up from a 1.5% fundraising disadvantage it had relative to the NRSC in September and a 7.3% fundraising disadvantage it reported as of August.

On the House side, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $29.5 million and spent $69.7 million, while the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised $23.1 million and spent $38.8 million. So far in the cycle, the DCCC has raised 26.1% more than the NRCC ($278.3 million to $214.1 million). The DCCC’s 26.1% advantage is down from 26.3% in September and 26.2% in August.

At this point in the 2018 campaign cycle, Republicans led in Senate fundraising, while Democrats led in House fundraising. The NRSC had raised 4.9% more than the DSCC ($114.3 million to $108.8 million), while the DCCC had raised 33.5% more than the NRCC ($228.6 million to $163.0 million).

So far in the 2020 campaign cycle, the RNC, NRSC, and NRCC have raised 18.7% more than the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC ($1.019 billion versus $844.3 million). Republicans’ 18.7% fundraising advantage is down from 24.8% in September and 32.6% in August.

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RNC outraises DNC by two-to-one, Democratic Hill committees outraise Republican counterparts

The Republican National Committee (RNC) outraised the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by more than two-to-one last month, according to June 2020 campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission June 20. This was the second month in a row in which the RNC outraised the DNC.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $11.2 million and spent $7.7 million last month, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $10.1 million and spent $7.9 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the NRSC has raised 7.0% more than the DSCC ($119.6 million to $111.5 million). The NRSC’s 7.0% fundraising advantage is down from 8.8% in May and matches its 7.0% advantage in April.

On the House side, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $10.9 million and spent $7.1 million, while the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised $10.6 million and spent $7.7 million. So far in the cycle, the DCCC has raised 26.2% more than the NRCC ($190.7 million to $146.5 million). The DCCC’s 26.2% fundraising advantage is down from 27.8% in May and 30.0% in April.

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 15.9% more than the NRSC ($81.3 million to $69.3 million), while the DCCC had raised 24.6% more than the NRCC ($162.2 million to $126.7 million).

Last month, the RNC raised $27.2 million and spent $22.0 million to the DNC’s $11.7 million in fundraising and $12.4 million in spending. So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC has raised 72.9% more than the DNC ($372.9 million to $173.7 million). The RNC’s 72.9% fundraising advantage is up from 72.4% in May, but down from 73.9% in April.

At this point in the 2016 campaign cycle (the most recent presidential cycle), the RNC had a smaller 40.4% fundraising advantage over the DNC ($163.4 million to $108.5 million).

So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC, NRSC, and NRCC have raised 29.3% more than the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC ($639.0 million to $475.9 million). The Republican fundraising advantage is up from 28.9% in May and 28.4% in April.

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RNC outraises DNC by nearly two-to-one, Republican Hill committees outraise Democratic counterparts

The Republican National Committee (RNC) outraised the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by nearly two-to-one in April, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on May 20. The DNC had reported its best fundraising totals of the campaign cycle in March 2020, outraising the RNC for the first time since October 2018.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $11.5 million and spent $6.2 million last month, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $9.0 million and spent $5.0 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the NRSC has raised 8.8% more than the DSCC ($109.5 million to $100.3 million). The NRSC’s 8.8% fundraising advantage is up from 7.0% in April but down from 10.1% in March.

On the House side, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) raised $11.4 million and spent $8.0 million, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $11.3 million and spent $9.6 million. So far in the cycle, the DCCC has raised 27.8% more than the NRCC ($179.8 million to $135.9 million). The DCCC’s 27.8% fundraising advantage is down from 30.0% in April and 30.9% in March.

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 17.6% more than the NRSC ($76.3 million to $63.9 million), while the DCCC had raised 21.5% more than the NRCC ($150.9 million to $121.6 million).

Last month, the RNC raised $27.1 million and spent $27.0 million to the DNC’s $15.3 million in fundraising and $10.7 million in spending. So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC has raised 72.4% more than the DNC ($345.7 million to $161.9 million). The RNC’s 72.4% fundraising advantage is down from 73.9% in April and 88.4% in March.

At this point in the 2016 campaign cycle (the most recent presidential cycle), the RNC had a smaller 44.0% fundraising advantage over the DNC ($150.4 million to $96.2 million).

So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC, NRSC, and NRCC have raised 28.9% more than the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC ($591.1 million to $442.0 million). The Republican fundraising advantage is up from 28.4% in April but down from 35.0% in March.

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