The Republican National Committee (RNC) continued to burn money faster than it raised contributions in December 2009, the committee announced Friday.

The RNC reported raising $6.6 million in December, but spent nearly $7 million and saw its cash on hand drop from $8.7 million to $8.4 million.

The committee saw its cash on hand drop from $22.8 million when Michael Steele was elected at the end of January to $8.4 million at the end of the year. It has been cause for plenty of concern among RNC members and Republicans at large, especially for an off-year.

The Republican Party won a big special election in Massachusetts earlier this week — a race the RNC helped wage — but the race didn't heat up until after the end of the year.

The RNC has played up its expanded list of small and new donors, which have taken the place of the larger donors the committee has relied on in the past.