GOP Raises More Cash Than Dems in Aug.

Unusual spike gives minority party $1.7M more for the month
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2009 10:27 AM CDT
Minnesota Gov. Timothy Pawlenty speaks at a luncheon during the Republican National Committee summer meeting in San Diego on Thursday, July 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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(Newser) – Republican campaign committees got a big fundraising bump in August, pulling in $1.7 million more than Democrats, despite being the minority party. “Republicans have been able to tap into some of the anger against Democrats in power and translate that into fundraising,” one analyst tells USA Today. “There are a lot of Republicans who wish the election were this November, because they feel like the momentum is on their side.”

A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee says it’s benefited from more than 70,000 first-time donors on the way to its $3.1 million haul, beating the Democrats’ $2.2 million. The Republican National Committee also got a bump, raising a million more than its Democratic counterpart. Between its national, Senate, and House committees, the GOP now has $28.3 million on hand, $8 million more than Dems.