State Republicans Ahead in Dollars

Reid Wilson at Real Clear Politics answers a question I've been wondering about. If Democrats are outraising Republicans at the presidential and congressional levels, what ...
by | March 28, 2008

Reid Wilson at Real Clear Politics answers a question I've been wondering about. If Democrats are outraising Republicans at the presidential and congressional levels, what does the money picture look like in the states?

He finds that Republican state parties are outraising the Democrats.

In the forty three states where parties report their financial situations on a monthly basis, Republicans hold a cash advantage in twenty five, many of them battlegrounds that will feature prominently in both the presidential contest and in down-ballot races on which federal dollars can be spent.

While fundraising on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee has lagged far behind that of Democrats', some GOP donors frustrated with their party in Washington have found other outlets for their contributions. All told, Republican state parties raised nearly $13.4 million in federal dollars, known as "hard money," this cycle through February, while Democratic parties have hauled in $9 million in the same period, according to data compiled by one GOP operative and verified by Real Clear Politics.

Republican parties hold a bigger advantage in cash on hand, with $11.7 million in the bank compared with $6.65 million for Democrats. That's an average cash position of about $250,000 for the 47 parties that have reported contribution totals, better than Democrats' $141,000 average, money that can be used to influence voters choosing candidates for Congress or the White House.

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