By Jonathan E. Kaplan - 06/21/06 12:00 AM EDT
Congressional Democrats yesterday trumpeted the sums of money they raised in the second quarter of the year.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has raised $64.2 million in the 2006 election cycle; it raised $4.7 million and spent $3.7 million in May, according to spokesman Phil Singer. The DSCC also reported it holds a 2-1 cash-on-hand advantage over the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
“Throughout the country, people are saying that we need a new direction and are looking to the Democrats,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the DSCC chairman. “Our fundraising success reflects a deep desire for change.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), led by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), reported having $24.5 million in the bank and raising $5.5 million in May. The House Democrats’ campaign arm started the election cycle with $12 million in debt, which Emanuel said has been reduced to $500,000.
“These new funds are exactly what we need to fight for the new direction that the American people want and deserve,” Emanuel said. “While all the Republicans have to offer the American people is two more years just like the last six and a wageless recovery and an endless occupation, Democrats are fighting for change.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) said it had $21.9 million on hand and no debt at the end of May. The committee raised $5.6 million last month.