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Congressional Democrats Pass GOP in Funds
AP ^ | Jun 20 4:58 PM US/Eastern

Posted on 06/20/2006 2:51:38 PM PDT by Vision

Senate and House Democrats, optimistic about their election-year prospects, have more money in the bank for the midterm contests than their Republican counterparts.

Some four months before the voting, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has $33.5 million cash on hand compared to $18.3 million for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the groups said Tuesday. The Democrats raised $4.7 million in May; the Republicans collected $4.3 million in the month.

"Our fundraising success reflects a deep desire for change and recognition that the best way to get things back on track is by electing more Democrats to the Senate," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D- N.Y., chairman of the Democratic committee.

Although the GOP committees trail in cash on hand, it has the advantage of the presidency and the fundraiser in chief as well as majority control of the House and Senate.

On Monday, Bush helped Republicans raise $27 million for the fall congressional contests, with $15 million for Senate candidates and $12 million for House candidates. The numbers will be reflected in the next filing. The president used the event to reassure Republicans that they will prevail in November.

"We're going to keep the House and we're going to keep the Senate thanks to all of you here," Bush said.

House Democrats said they had $24.5 million cash on hand after raising $5.5 million last month. House Republicans said they had $21.9 million at the end of May after collecting $5.6 million.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 109th; 2006; campaignfinance; dscc; electionushouse; electionussenate; fundraising; nrsc
I'm curious about what everyone's take on this is. Does this mean Democrats have some momentum going for them? Are they desperate or frustrated? Is Republican fundraising taking a hit from immigration?
1 posted on 06/20/2006 2:51:39 PM PDT by Vision
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To: Vision

More likely just from the general ineptness they've shown at governing.


2 posted on 06/20/2006 2:54:18 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Vision

"On Monday, Bush helped Republicans raise $27 million for the fall congressional contests, with $15 million for Senate candidates and $12 million for House candidates. The numbers will be reflected in the next filing."

In other words, we had to put this story out now to give it a negative GOP spin because it looks like the GOP will be well ahead as of the next filing.


3 posted on 06/20/2006 2:55:18 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Vision
"Is Republican fundraising taking a hit from immigration?"

BINGO! At least, in MHO.

4 posted on 06/20/2006 2:55:20 PM PDT by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" - Anonymous)
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To: Vision
On Monday, Bush helped Republicans raise $27 million for the fall congressional contests, with $15 million for Senate candidates and $12 million for House candidates. The numbers will be reflected in the next filing.

Lets all do the media wishful thinking dance. http://clip.break.com/dnet/media/content/gnarlskid.wmv

5 posted on 06/20/2006 2:56:37 PM PDT by badpacifist (The media has our troops surrounded. Someone must break through enemy lines.)
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To: Vision
When Democrats take a fundraising lead, it shows that they have momentum.

When Republicans take a fundraising lead, it shows that they are beholden to special interests.

6 posted on 06/20/2006 2:56:43 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: L98Fiero

You're right but at best it shows we are playing catchup.


7 posted on 06/20/2006 2:57:13 PM PDT by Vision ("America's best days lie ahead. You ain't seen nothing yet"- Reagan)
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To: L98Fiero
In other words, we had to put this story out now to give it a negative GOP spin because it looks like the GOP will be well ahead as of the next filing

Exactly.

But it will be used by the GOP bashers on FR, as we have already seen.

8 posted on 06/20/2006 2:57:28 PM PDT by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: L98Fiero
In other words, we had to put this story out now to give it a negative GOP spin because it looks like the GOP will be well ahead as of the next filing.

I'm glad I wasn't the only one a little baffled by this.

9 posted on 06/20/2006 2:57:53 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Vision

Amnesty will kill the GOP.


10 posted on 06/20/2006 2:57:58 PM PDT by John Lenin (The RAT party is still Stuck on Stupid)
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To: Vision

I have read one theory is that the National Republican Committee's support for candidates such as Chafee. Many people are giving to the candidates of their choice bypassing the National Committee because they don't want their funds going to the RINO's.

I am among those that have not given to the National Committee but did send a small check to Irey in Ohio. My Congressman in GA is very safe so instead I thought I'd help out a candidate that needs as much support as she can get.


11 posted on 06/20/2006 3:00:08 PM PDT by Republican Red (Everyone is super stoked on Gore. Even if they don't know it)
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To: Vision

Seeing as how this is from the AP, I am surprised that the headline isn't followed by an exclamation point!


12 posted on 06/20/2006 3:00:27 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Vision

This means jack sh*t.


13 posted on 06/20/2006 3:01:01 PM PDT by Jaysun (In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.)
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To: Vision

14 posted on 06/20/2006 3:05:12 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Vision
The Justice Department should investigate each and every penny given to the Democrats and siege all funds that are questionable.
15 posted on 06/20/2006 3:05:29 PM PDT by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: Vision
"Our fundraising success reflects a deep desire for change and recognition that the best way to get things back on track is by electing more Democrats to the Senate," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D- N.Y."

Looks as though the terrorist and terrorist supporters are sending their money to their friends.
16 posted on 06/20/2006 3:14:08 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: Vision
If I'm not mistaken, the DIMs had more money total than the Republicans in '04. It doesn't matter how much more money you have if your message sucks and people generally don't agree with it.
17 posted on 06/20/2006 3:18:40 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: Vision
Most of it is probably from George Soro's, Mexican drug cartels, Arab petro dollars, and Chinese military. Of course, all laundered through local union mobsters.
18 posted on 06/20/2006 3:18:45 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Jesus always reads His knee-mail. (Hall of Fame Hit-N-Run poster))
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To: Vision

But the RNC has a lot more money than the DNC. Why is that left out of this article?


19 posted on 06/20/2006 3:20:39 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Vision
How does this article compare with this one from last Friday? Fox News: Bush raises 129 million for Republicans this election cycle

According to Bret Baier of Fox News on tonight’s Special Report

From Jan 01 to June 02 Bush attended 34 fundraisers bringing in $110 Million for Republicans.

From Jan 05 to June 06 Bush attended 39 fundraisers bringing in $129 Million for Republicans. Laura Bush attended 20 fundraisers bringing in $10 Million.

Monday in Washington Bush is expected to bring in 25 million for House and Senate campaign committees.

-PJ
20 posted on 06/20/2006 3:21:30 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Vision

Congressional Democrats Pass GOP in (Raising Money for DemocRat Criminal Defense) Funds

There.


21 posted on 06/20/2006 3:23:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Wanna help kick some liberal arse? It's not just a job here at FR, IT's an obsession.)
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To: John Lenin
Amnesty will kill the GOP.

Amnesty will kill the USA.
22 posted on 06/20/2006 3:23:35 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Kozak

Amnesty will kill the USA.
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Yes it will, so really who is more dangerous to the integrity of the USA? The Socialist Libs or the GOP with a pro-illegal, open-border President whose new "border stooge" is promoting NO WALL ON THE BORDER....has Washington gone mad??


23 posted on 06/20/2006 3:26:08 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Vision
Some four months before the voting, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has $33.5 million cash on hand compared to $18.3 million for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the groups said Tuesday.

How many RAT Senators are up for re-election and how many Repubs?

24 posted on 06/20/2006 3:27:05 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: Vision
money does not equate a victory. Votes do. See CA' 50th district race as proof.
25 posted on 06/20/2006 3:27:37 PM PDT by slowhand520
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To: Vision

After you take into account all the illegal funds from George Soros, a la insider trading, the Dems have a cool 2 bucks in the bank.,


26 posted on 06/20/2006 3:28:53 PM PDT by ritewingwarrior
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To: Vision

Of course the rats have momentum going for them. My God, the left has bashed them for ages now, and their own party has turned on them. To all those who think illegal immigration is a new thing, just happening since Bush was elected, you have fallen into the trap set by the left. God help us is all I can say.


27 posted on 06/20/2006 3:31:52 PM PDT by ladyinred (Liberals are dangerous for America.)
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To: Texas Eagle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Senate_election,_2006#Complete_list_of_Senate_contests_in_2006


28 posted on 06/20/2006 3:31:52 PM PDT by ritewingwarrior
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To: ritewingwarrior
Hmmm. 18 RATS up for re-election and 15 Republicans.

That might explain a little of the disparity in fundraising. Maybe the Republicans are just late bloomers.

29 posted on 06/20/2006 3:38:18 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: Texas Eagle

http://www.tray.com/2006senate.htm


30 posted on 06/20/2006 3:46:08 PM PDT by Vision ("America's best days lie ahead. You ain't seen nothing yet"- Reagan)
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To: Republican Wildcat
But the RNC has a lot more money than the DNC. Why is that left out of this article?

You know why. :-)

31 posted on 06/20/2006 3:53:08 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: Vision
Interesting. The RATS have 3 open seats and Republicans have none.

When you consider that 99.9% of incumbents get re-elected, the RATS don't have much hope for taking the Senate. But if the Republicans can grab any of the open seats you will probably see even more RATS abandon their seats in 2008.

32 posted on 06/20/2006 4:24:07 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: Dane

You have that right -- bashers must sit and wait for these type threads to be posted. Would love to know how much the DemocRATs raised illegally as it happens every cycle when they have to return money after it is already spent.


33 posted on 06/20/2006 4:33:30 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Elect Bob Sullivan OK Governor -- Throw out Dem Gov DoLittle Henry in 2006!)
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To: Texas Eagle

Down here in Florida we are hoping that Nelson loses his seat. He isnt real popular and there is a very good chance to get rid of him. If kathryn harris gets the nomination tho he will probably win. Too bad that RINO Martinez wasnt up for reelection i would love to get rid of him.


34 posted on 06/20/2006 6:57:37 PM PDT by ritewingwarrior
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To: Political Junkie Too

I think the distinction is that the article that started this thread was only about the relative cash positions of the two national Senatorial campaign committees. The headline referring to "Congressional Democrats" is misleading because the story doesn't say anything about the war chests of individual candidates (of either party).

It might be interesting to go around the country and add up the cash-on-hand for each major-party candidate in the 33 states with Senate races and in each of 435 Congressional districts. A dogged reporter could figure out which party's candidates, in the aggregate, have more money. That would be a lot of work, though. Isn't it more important to investigate whether Jennifer Anniston is pregnant?


35 posted on 06/20/2006 8:15:18 PM PDT by Eagle Forgotten
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