DCCC outraises NRCC in February by $1.3M

The campaign arm for House Democrats outraised its GOP rival for the second month in a row, bringing in $6.3 million to the NRCC's $5 million in February.

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) now has $7.6 million cash on hand, while the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has $4.4 million at the start of the 2014 election cycle, according to officials from both committees. 

The Democratic committee also took in more than the NRCC in January, collecting $1.7 million more in donations and ending that month with $1.8 million more cash on hand than the NRCC.

This is the DCCC's second record-breaking month in a row, and the $6.3 million exceeds what the committee raised in February 2012, during an election year when Democrats were pushing to take back control of the House.

After picking up only a handful of seats in November, Democrats have tempered their expectations for 2014. Though President Obama has expressed interest in regaining control of the House, the DCCC has not yet indicated that's a goal of the committee, because it would require the party to gain 17 seats in the midterm election.

NRCC spokesman Daniel Scarpinato expressed enthusiasm about the committee's February fundraising numbers.

“We are very encouraged to report that this was our most successful off-year February since 2005, demonstrating strong support for ensuring a Republican majority in the House – the last line of defense against President Obama’ reckless agenda," he said.

And the Democratic committee still has slightly more debt, despite paying off more of it in February than the NRCC did. The DCCC now has $10.9 million outstanding, after paying off nearly $2 million last month, while the NRCC paid off $1 million in debt last month and now has $10 million to go.