Senate Democrats eked out a slightly better fundraising quarter than their counterparts on the other side of the aisle, announcing today a $11.6 million haul for their campaign committee versus $11.2 million for the GOP.
Democrats touted the numbers, which included $5.6 million raised in March, as evidence their new strategy of tying Republicans to Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget was exciting donors. “The Republican move to end Medicare and give more tax breaks to the very rich has fueled support from our base,” Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, said in a statement.
Republicans raised $5 million in March, which they noted was their highest one-month total in a non-election year. Rob Jesmer, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s executive director, noted in a statement that “we’re still up against a Senate Democrat majority and the Fundraiser-In-Chief in the White House” but said they were on track to meet their goals.
The DSCC used the cash to pay off $3.75 million in debt, leaving them on the hook for another $4.89 million with $5.5 million cash on hand. The NRSC has $2.75 million in debt and $1.48 million cash on hand.