Pelosi raises $7.2 million in September

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hauled in more than $7 million for the Democrats last month, according to her office.

The California Democrat, long known for a knack to get the party faithful to open their wallets, raked in $7.2 million at 77 events in five states and Washington, D.C., her office said Friday.

The figure is an increase above Pelosi's August haul, which totaled $6.8 million from 62 fundraisers, and brings her total this cycle to more than $72 million.

Those figures are much of the reason the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the third quarter despite the GOP holding control of the House. The DCCC brought in $35.1 million through September, the group announced this week, versus $30.9 million for the NRCC.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has also been on a fundraising tear this year, pulling in roughly $4 million in August, bringing his total for the cycle to $84 million. His office did not respond immediately Friday to questions about his September haul.

With the House on break for almost the entire three months leading up to the Nov. 6 elections, both party leaders have engaged in a grueling fundraising schedule in the race for the lower chamber.

The Democrats have the much tougher battle. After gaining control of the House in the wave elections of 2006 — and picking up more than 20 additional seats in 2008 — Democrats were trounced at the polls in 2010, losing 63 seats and sending Boehner and the Republicans back into the majority.

To retake the lower chamber in November, Democrats would need to pick up at least 25 seats — a steep climb in the face of a limping economy and a neck-and-neck presidential contest.

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