Republican Governors Outpace Democrats' Fundraising Efforts

Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 03:32 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The Republican Governors Association has already raised nearly twice as much money for its party this year than its Democratic counterpart — and now has more than $37 million cash on hand.

Internal Revenue Service records show the RGA brought in $23.6 million since the first of the year, The Wall Street Journal reports, while the Democratic Governor's Association raised $13.4 million.

Support is coming because of the effectiveness of the GOP's state leaders, said RGA chairman, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

"The effective leadership of 30 Republican governors across the nation stands in stark contrast to the gridlock and absence of leadership in Washington, D.C.," Jindal said.

The RGA's successful fundraising "puts the committee in a strong position to help re-elect Republican governors and target key Democratic-held seats in 38 governor's races over the next 15 months," said the association in a press release.

The DNG, though, said it has actually raised $15 million, "a record haul for the organization in an off-year, and a 30 percent increase from the same period in 2009."

The Republican group had more high-end donors this year, including billionaire David Koch, who donated $1.025 million along with his company and Donald Trump, who donated $100,000.

Another top donor, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, gave $100,000 to the RGA while giving nothing to the Democrats.

Wal-Mart shared its donations almost equally, however, giving $250,000 to the Republicans and $260,000 to the Democrats. The DGA also scored large donations from unions and labor groups, including a $300,000 donation from the International Association of Firefighters.

But while the Republican governors gathered more money, Democratic party committees for the House and Senate raised more money than their Republican counterparts.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $27.4 million, compared to $17.7 million raised by Republicans, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised Republicans by $6.5 million, bringing in $40.8 million to Republicans' $34.3 million, reports OpenSecrets.org, http://www.opensecrets.org/ a nonpartisan campaign finance site.


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