House Republicans raise more cash money than Democrats in April

posted at 1:21 pm on May 18, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Last month, House Speaker John Boehner said that holding onto the House GOP majority will be a “real challenge,” remarking that there’s about “a 1-in-3 chance that we could lose.” His sentiments were likely designed to drum up a little urgency to encourage people to keep making donations more than anything else, but there is at least a possibility that Democrats could pick up the cool 25 seats they’d need to regain the majority. While the Democrats have still out-fundraised Republicans in this election cycle overall, it appears that the tables may be turning:

The GOP’s House campaign organization slightly outraised its Democratic counterpart in April and also ended the month with $2 million more in cash.

The National Republican Congressional Committee reported raising $6.9 million last month, outdistancing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s $6.5 million. Though the margin is slim, it marks the first time in several months that Republicans bested Democrats in fundraising for House campaigns.

The GOP group also has more money in the bank: The NRCC reported having $31.3 million in cash on hand while the DCCC has $25 million. In April, the NRCC netted $4.2 million and the DCCC netted $2.2 million.

The Republicans can also have higher expectations of PAC money in the coming months, while the DNC and the Obama campaign have made it known in no uncertain terms that they don’t have any immediate plans to give money to Congressional Democrats.

Also last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that, because of Mitt Romney’s supposed campaign-related incompetence, she was “feeling better” about the Democrats’ chances of retaking the House. But, Mitt Romney’s campaigning can’t be all that bad, can it? He’s only been the presumptive nominee for some weeks now, and he’s already starting to haul in almost as much cash as the well-oiled Obama campaign:

Mitt Romney’s around-the-clock fundraising schedule seems to be paying off, literally.

Romney, with the help of the Republican National Committee, raised $40.1 million in April, nearly matching the $43 million raised by President Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee in the same month, proving the strength of his fundraising campaign since essentially clinching the nomination. …

The April haul far exceeds the money the presumptive GOP nominee raised in March – $12.6 million – and clearly shows the boost the campaign got from joining forces with the RNC to develop a Victory Fund, which allows donors who have already maxed out to Romney to then give more money, and in larger amounts.

Heck, forget the money (okay, don’t actually forget the money) — one of Obama’s greatest strengths is his “coolness” or “likability” or something, but it turns out, Mitt Romney might not be quite as woefully unappealing as everybody supposed. He’s closing in on President Obama in terms of favorability ratings, too:

The best bit of news for Mitt Romney is that his Gallup favorability rating has just crested 50 percent, only 2 points behind the president. Better still, Romney’s negative rating is lower than Obama’s – 46 percent to 41 percent. Much of Romney’s 11-point rise since February can be attributed to the end of the bruising Republican primary process. Not only have Republicans coalesced, but the daily news cycle is no longer dominated by reporters gleefully repeating the latest attacks from Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

Maybe it’s not even the case that people are en masse liking Mitt Romney that much more, but that they’re liking Barack Obama less and less — Romney is quickly looking like a wildly acceptable alternative to the disenchanting, tired-out vision presented by President Obama.


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The turning of the tide?

S/b Tide. Wash most all from the congress out in Nov. The survival of the land necessitates it.

The picture of those two clowns invites convulsions.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I can’t help but wonder about Captain Kickass’s popularity. Who likes him?

And Romney, from what I recall of the 2007-8 campaign, seems to be fairly physically attractive to the ladies.

I am not surprised at the growing disenchantment with Obama.

Vanceone on May 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

*WOW* Schadenfreude beat me to it…Only I was going to be sarcastic. Of course, let’s b!tch about our side…I agree let’s send NO money to the GOP, because Boehner=Pelosi, or something.

I mean sure send money to Mourdock, replace Hatch, if you can, but could we just be happy, a little? My G*d you people must be the most awful sports fanz…”Our team S#cks. The coach is going to sell us out. The players are all dumb, and timid, and on the take….Sure we won our last two games, but just wait until the play-offs, We’ll ‘choke’ I’m sure.” Geeeeez, between the Ronulans and Eeyores and the Butt hurt True Cons it’s tough to read the comments.

JFKY on May 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Well the foreign money hasn’t started coming in yet for bho? That will make the old war chest of bho’s rise big time? It seems bho has chapped off most every business and person that gave last time, they are going R this time?
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letget on May 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M.! Get the money, dolla dolla bill y’all…

Red Cloud on May 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

His sentiments were likely designed to drum up a little urgency to encourage people to keep making donations more than anything else, but there is at least a possibility that Democrats could pick up the cool 25 seats they’d need to regain the majority.

Really? I certainly hope not, but this is a crazy world and I guess it could happen.

whbates on May 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The money flow where the power flows…last election it looked like the dems were in control, so the money flowed that way…now it looks like the Republicans are in control, so the money flows towards them, and it will just increase as time moves on, and the dems will decrease.
Forcing the dems to begin the campaign and spend money now will empty their coffers when it really counts…full court press NOW!!!

right2bright on May 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

House Republicans raise more cash money than Democrats in April

…you mean…. ‘legally” raised!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Put the Democrats in “time-out” until they can find a way to do what’s right for the country before what’s right for their party.

bflat879 on May 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM

one of Obama’s greatest strengths is his “coolness” or “likability” or something

I’ll go with something. I used to think that Bill Clinton was the standard of loathsome and couldn’t stand to see him on the television but I can’t even watch or listen to Obama or his shrew of a spouse who is constantly bleating about how fat everybody is.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

.Sure we won our last two games, but just wait until the play-offs, We’ll ‘choke’ I’m sure.” Geeeeez, between the Ronulans and Eeyores and the Butt hurt True Cons it’s tough to read the comments.

JFKY on May 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

..not being snippy here or anything. This part of your rant reminds me of the character that Randy Quaid played in Major League II.

:-D

The War Planner on May 18, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Also last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that, because of Mitt Romney’s supposed campaign-related incompetence, she was “feeling better” about the Democrats’ chances of retaking the House.

Pelosi has a long history of saying stupid partisan stuff.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

..but I can’t even watch or listen to Obama or his shrew of a spouse who is constantly bleating about how fat everybody is.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

..and again dwelling in the past, remember those bars that would have Monday Night Football on and let a winning patron throw a brick at the TV when Howard Cosell came on?

The War Planner on May 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

How many times can you say “It’s all Bush’s fault!” before people get tired of your excuses.

As well as those who continually make them for him.

GarandFan on May 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Pelosi has a long history of saying stupid partisan stuff.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

First minute:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYPqv99l7rw

The War Planner on May 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

…”Our team S#cks. The coach is going to sell us out. The players are all dumb, and timid, and on the take….Sure we won our last two games, but just wait until the play-offs, We’ll ‘choke’ I’m sure.”

JFKY on May 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

So you’re a Redskins fan too? That’s the conversation in my house every Sunday during the fall! ;0

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Why is it that the Repubs are considered the big money party when almost always it’s the Dems that raise more money. Something’s awry.

anotherJoe on May 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

So what your saying is now I get to listen to the lefties bitch about how much money the Republicans have to “buy” the election. Was never a problem when Obama was taking illegal donations from Russia and the Palestine Territories.

Browncoatone on May 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Okay………but what has the gop in the House done exactly?

….other than play golf with the President and Biden and let Obama beat them over the head like crazy, and then play footsie and get no cuts from Obama?


gop “leadership” in Congress must be THROWN OUT.

PappyD61 on May 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Heh! This is funny because it is so true.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/300390/obama-great-jonah-goldberg

onlineanalyst on May 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

We watched F&F yesterday morning and they had a guest, the owner of a football team in FL(sorry I don’t watch football but the team that got Tebow) and he has zero use for bho. He said that he and numerous huge R donors, he would say who, would be doing a simular fund raiser as bho did with clooney. I will look forward to who and when this will be happening! I hope Rush, Sarah, and so many other great R’s will be at the fund raiser for the R’s! He sounded as if they would rake in millions?
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letget on May 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

.Sure we won our last two games, but just wait until the play-offs, We’ll ‘choke’ I’m sure.” Geeeeez, between the Ronulans and Eeyores and the Butt hurt True Cons it’s tough to read the comments.

JFKY on May 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

It doesn’t always happen. The New York Giants won their last two games to finish the season at 9-7, then swept the playoffs including the Super Bowl. Romney is already in his Super Bowl.

Steve Z on May 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

she was “feeling better” about the Democrats’ chances of retaking the House

Didn’t she say something like this during the 2010 campaign about being confident they’d hang on to the House and they got their butts waxed?

sage0925 on May 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The War Planner on May 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

That was so silly it became really hillarious.

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Heh! This is funny because it is so true.

onlineanalyst on May 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Ridicule. Probably underrated as a political campaign device but mockery is definitely the way to approach something so absurd as Obama re-writing history so he’s in all those other biographies!

Happy Nomad on May 18, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Photo of the Day: Stupid, Ignorant, Smelly…And Geographically-Challenged

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/05/photo-of-day-stupid-ignorant-smellyand.html

Resist We Much on May 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Love the redundant “cash money” headline. Makes me want to donate a $35 bill.

kahall on May 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM

…those 2 pictured for the thread!…why is it I feel absolutely NO PRIDE?

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Didn’t she say something like this during the 2010 campaign about being confident they’d hang on to the House and they got their butts waxed?

sage0925 on May 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM

First minute:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYPqv99l7rw

The War Planner on May 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

“..Jeez! What am I, a potted palm?”

(Case of beer to anyone who can source that quote.)

The War Planner on May 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

“..Jeez! What am I, a potted palm?”

Ollie North’s attorney before the Select Committee, I believe.

JFKY on May 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Ollie North’s attorney before the Select Committee, I believe.

JFKY on May 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

..abbalutely! Congrats!

The War Planner on May 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I would put the anti-coattails of 0bama at about $5 million per month to the GOP out to Nov.

jukin3 on May 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM