RNC outpaces Dems, but financial lead shrinking

The Republican National Committee has once again outperformed its Democratic rival on the fundraising stage, but the GOP's once-significant financial advantage is slowly shrinking.

The RNC pulled in $8.86 million in June, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. The committee has $23.7 million on hand and is free of debt.

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee pulled in $6.75 million last month and kept $13 million in the bank. National Democrats continued paying off debt, but still showed obligations of $4.9 million.

Both parties are investing in Virginia, where former Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R) and state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) are locked in a tight battle for the open governor's seat. The RNC sent $192,000 to the Commonwealth's Republican Party last month, while the DNC gave Deeds $500,000 after he won a competitive primary by a surprisingly wide margin.

Three years before decennial redistricting takes effect, Republicans have already hired an expert they have turned to before. In May, the party announced it had hired Dr. Thomas Hofeller to direct the RNC's redistricting efforts.

Hofeller managed the RNC's redistricting efforts during decennial cycles in 1990 and 2000. In June, the RNC paid him just over $20,000.

Consultants who helped RNC chairman Michael Steele win the top spot continue to benefit from the committee. The RNC paid Grassroots Targeting, a microtargeting firm run by Steele ally Blaise Hazelwood, $16,000 in June, and paid On Message Inc., the consulting firm run by Wes and Curt Anderson, just shy of $41,000 for polling and media buys.

The DNC has also brought in at least one outside consultant close to its new chairman. The committee paid Felan Strategies, a Richmond-based fundraising firm, $9,000 in June. Principal Matthew Felan was finance director on Gov. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineManchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders On The Money: Incomes, consumer spending soared in March | Harris, senators work behind scenes on jobs package | Biden cancels some border wall construction Harris, senators work behind scenes on jobs package MORE's (D) successful campaign in 2005.