GOP Senate fundraising lags in November
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised their Republican counterparts by a considerable sum in November, raising questions about the GOP's bid to take over the Senate in 2014.
The Senate GOP re-election committee was out raised last month by its Democratic rival, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee says that when debt is factored in, the two party committees are on near equal financial footing.
The NRSC Friday announced that it brought in $3.18 million in fundraising in November, with $6.4 million cash on hand and no debt. At the beginning of the week the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced that it raised $5.1 million last month, with $12 million cash on hand and debt of around $5 million.
The DSCC touted last month's haul as its best non-election year November fundraising total ever, and some of that credit goes to President Barack Obama, who was the main attraction at some top dollar fundraisers last month for the committee.
When it comes to yearly fundraising totals, the DSCC remains around $16 million ahead of the NRSC, but the GOP Senate re-election arm says their Democratic counterpart underperformed last month.
"President Obama's plummeting numbers have dragged Democratic Senators and candidates down with him over the last two months. Despite being the recipients of multiple Obama headlined events -which would be expected to bring in between $3-4 million total - the DSCC only managed to raise a total of $5 million in November, meaning less than $2 million was raised outside of the President's shadow," said NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. "Turns out that Senate Democrats fundraising claims are all hat and no cattle and with the map rapidly expanding, that's another ominous sign that their Majority is slipping away."
As long as the Democrats have President Obama to raise money for them - and as long as Obama decides to attend fundraisers rather than run the country - the Dems will be flush with cash.
But the lag is worrisome because we're heading into campaign season where incumbents are going to expect help from the committee. Most GOP Senators running for re-election are fairly well off in their finances, but in some cases, the Democratic challenger can be expected to outraise them. While the political climate currently favors Republicans, anything can happen in the next year to change that.
You would hope that the GOP could narrow that gap in the coming months. Time to get the Republican whales off the sideline and have them dig deep.