Friday, November 04, 2005

GOP Bulks Up Warchest

Republicans continue to raise more money than Democrats, even as the popularity of the party is in decline. The RNC has bested the DNC by a margin of 2-1 in the third quarter.

Interestingly, despite losing the fundraising wars against the National Committee and the Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Committee has raised significantly more money than its Republican counterpart. Why is this?

Perhaps it's because the Democratic seats in the Senate also happen to be from some of the wealthiest states in the country. Or maybe it's because the country views Senate Republicans in a more negative light than House Republicans. Senators are significantly larger public figures than representatives, and are therefore often subjects for donation drives. Key contributors are less likely to pour money into gerrymandered House districts, even when there's an open seat than into a high profile senate race, such as the showdown coming up for the Tennessee seat, which is being vacated by Bill Frist.

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