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Chance at Senate Control Leads to Huge GOP Cash Haul in Sept.

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 03:58 PM

Republican Senate hopefuls suddenly are rolling in dough as donors are coming to believe that the GOP is likely to capture the Senate in the mid-term November elections and are hurrying to back a winning horse.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) scooped up a windfall of $15.5 million in September, well more than twice its $6.1 million August haul, placing the party in good financial shape for the mid-terms, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, finance chairman of the NRSC, must be smiling, given that he is said to have his own presidential ambitions in 2016. He has demonstrated his fundraising capabilities and Republican Senate contenders are bound to be grateful.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which outpaced Republicans in August by raising $7.7 million, has not yet announced its September amount, claiming the figures are not yet ready, The Hill reported.

"Momentum is on our side heading into November," Portman told The Hill. "Our record fundraising month is an example of the enthusiasm we’re seeing."

Portman told the Huffington Post, "After the 2012 election, there were a lot of people who were feeling donor fatigue because it was a tough election, both at the presidential level and the Senate level.

"Republicans failed to win the Senate in 2012 and Republican nominee Mitt Romney fell short in his bid to oust President Barack Obama.

"Those folks are now back. We have momentum going our way."

Prior to September, the Democrats had out-raised the Republicans by an average of $6.6 million to $4.1 million per month, the Huffington Post reported. This largely has been due to the fundraising activities of President Obama, who recently attended his 56th fundraiser this year, the National Review reported.

At a recent fundraising event, Obama said, 'If the Republicans win, we know who they’ll be fighting for. Once again, the interests of billionaires will come before the needs of the middle class," the Washington Times reported.

The president said that as wealthy Democrats coughed up $32,400 apiece to attend the New York event.

NRSC chairman Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, said in a statement reported by The Hill, "We are well positioned to take the majority in November thanks to the overwhelming support from across the country. Over the last 20 months, we've revamped NRSC's direct mail technologies and invested heavily in building a more robust digital operation that has successfully tapped in to the grassroots energy and enthusiasm that’s out there to shake up the Senate.

"This class of Republican candidates is one of the strongest in decades and these resources will help lead them to victory in November. We cannot thank our supporters enough, each of whom is a partner in the effort to win the Senate."

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