Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was soliciting contributions this week, but he was asking colleagues to donate funds to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) — not for his own reelection campaign, reports The Washington Examiner.
After McConnell's impassioned pitch during their weekly caucus meeting, Senate Republicans agreed to transfer $3 million in personal campaign funds to the NRSC, which will need the money in the last week of the campaign.
This week, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced it brought in $7.7 million in August, once again outraising the NRSC, reports Roll Call.
The DSCC, which has raised a more than $111 million this cycle, had more than $25 million in cash on hand at the end of August.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $6.1 million in August and ended the month with $19.9 million on hand.
The funding deficit makes the commitment secured by McConnell even more important heading into November's elections when control of the Senate likely will come down to a handful of races.
The $3 million secured by McConnell is substantially more than what Republican senators had transferred to the NRSC earlier this year.
An analysis of campaign finance records conducted by The Washington Examiner found that, as of the end of June, Senate Republicans had collectively contributed approximately 1 percent of what they held in the bank to the NRSC.
So far this cycle, Senate Democrats have given almost $5 million to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), according to an analysis conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) for Yahoo News.
Conversely, Yahoo reports, Republicans have given only $1.6 million to the NRSC.
"The [Senate] Democrats do a lot more than we do in this regard. Their contributions are five times more than ours as of June 30. Five times more. We just have not had a tradition of doing it,” a source who attended Tuesday's caucus meeting told Politico. “We had a really strong response yesterday.”
The stinginess of Senate Republicans is a change from 2012, when Republicans, for the first time in a decade, gave more than Democrats, according to a report by the CRP.
Going into the 2012 elections, Republican candidates transferred $54 million from candidate committees to parties or other candidates, compared with their Democratic counterparts who moved less than $50 million into campaign committees and candidates.
In 2012, Republican leadership PACs made $31 million in intra-party donations, compared with $21 million contributed by Democratic leadership PACs, reports CRP.
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