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DNC releases its fundraising figures, better than RNC’s in first months of 2011

Jeff Winkler Contributor

The Democratic National Committee raised more than double the funds of the Republican National Committee in April, according to figures obtained by The Daily Caller.*

The DNC raised $12.4 million in April, surpassing the RNC’s $6 million effort and year-to-date figures show that the DNC has a little more than $30 million, nearly $10 million more than the RNC’s $23.7 million.

The other number’s aren’t good for the GOP either.

The RNC told TheDC on Thursday that the committee was still $19 million dollars in debt, though it’s an improvement from the $24 million overdrawn statement in January. Like everyone else in the country, both committees are suffering from debt, but the DNC’s is only $15.4 million, with more than $14 million cash on hand, compared to the RNC’s $5 million pocket-change.

For his part, Sean Spicer, the RNC communications director, said the “priority has been restoring relationships with donors who had left the committee in past cycles” to bring down the RNC’s debt.

Despite the recent Republican fortunes in the midterm elections, Democrats have attributed the fund-raising disparity to the GOP’s budget plans among a host of usual partisan nitpicking. Meanwhile, Republicans familiar with the figures have said that without the $7 million coming from President Obama’s re-election arm, the Obama Victory Fund, the RNC more than holds its own against the DNC.

One staffer said Democrats and the “Campaigner-in-chief” — who, with Vice President Joe Biden, has held 25 fundraisers since launching his reelection campaign on April 4 — are trying to “run the first $1 billion campaign amid 9 percent unemployment … runaway debt and higher taxes.”

*This article has been updated

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