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NRSC Monthly Fundraising Hit 2013 High in October

Friday, 15 Nov 2013 03:42 PM

By Dan Weil

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $3.8 million in October, the best money month this year, says NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring, The Hill reports.

September's total was $3.6 million. So far this year, the NRSC has raised $29.5 million, and has $5 million cash with no debt.

Donations apparently were unaffected by last month's government shutdown.

Dayspring says the fundraising success can help the GOP regain control of the Senate.

"Republicans are well positioned politically and financially to win the Senate majority. Democrats have major credibility and competence issues which will plague candidates throughout the year ahead," he said.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee hasn't yet released its October report. As of Sept. 30, it was burdened with $7.5 million in debt and had $10 million cash.

To be sure, the DSCC outraised the NRSC by $13 million in the first nine months of the year.

Meanwhile, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., maintains that the disastrous rollout of Obamacare will cause Democrats major problems in 2014.

"Now it [Obamacare] has become a Category 5 political hurricane," he told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Friday, The Hill reports.

"It is not just causing havoc in certain regions of the country. It is ripping apart every region of the country, from tiny hamlets to towns to major cities. People are finding out confusion, chaos, cancellations, cost increases — all of which were predicted."

As a result, the GOP has a good chance to gain congressional seats in next year's elections, he said.

"The American people feel very misled, and a bond of trust has been broken," Walden said. "When you lose that trust it's a very difficult thing to get back."

Polls show the Obamacare mess has wiped out the advantage Democrats gained in the polls from the government shutdown.

In a Quinnipiac University survey conducted Nov. 6-11, 39 percent of voters said they would opt for a Democrat if congressional elections were held today, matching the number who would choose a Republican.

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