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September 19, 2008

NRSC outraises DSCC in August

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent over four times as much as its GOP counterpart in August, as it has focused squarely on spending on advertising and direct mail early on in key battleground races. 

Last month, the DSCC spent about $13.7 million, primarily on advertising, in competitive Senate races in Oregon, Colorado, Mississippi and North Carolina. The National Republican Senatorial Committee spent just $3 million, conserving most of its warchest for later on in the election cycle.

But given the Democrats’ spending spree, the NRSC closed the money gap considerably as the election heads into the final stretch. The NRSC outraised the DSCC for the month, $5.1 million to $4.4 million, a total aided by GOP senators not facing tough re-election bids transferring money from their campaign accounts.

At a press conference yesterday, NRSC Chairman John Ensign announced that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) transferred $260,000 to the campaign committee, while Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) donated $100,000.

The DSCC ended August with $33.7 million, while the NRSC banked $26.8 million.