NRSC outraises DSCC for second month

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has outraised its Democratic counterpart for the second consecutive month, ending August with a larger net bank account.

The NRSC pulled in just under $3.1 million last month, beginning September with $5.1 million in the bank. The committee ended the 2008 cycle with considerably less debt than the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and does not owe any creditors.


The DSCC raised $2.2 million and ended August with just shy of $6.9 million in the bank. But the DSCC still owes $2.9 million from the last cycle — considerably down from the end of 2008, when it was more than $10.9 million in the red.

Both parties have yet to ramp up fundraising to levels they achieved two years ago. The DSCC has raised about $27.5 million after pulling in $162 million between 2007 and 2008. The NRSC's pace is faster than it was two years ago, having raised $26.5 million so far this year after pulling in $94 million in the 2008 cycle.

Though Democrats have continually outpaced Republicans in the race for House campaign cash, the NRSC has been a rare bright spot for Republicans.

NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer credited Democratic initiatives on Capitol Hill for providing donors with a realization of "the significance of next year’s midterm elections and the need to restore checks and balances to a Congress currently run entirely by the Democrats."

"We continue to take the necessary steps to ensure our candidates and incumbents will have the necessary financial resources to compete in races across the country," Jesmer said in a statement.