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For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

August 19, 2009

Julia Queen

  Christian Hilland

FEC Summarizes Political Party Activity for January 1 – June 30, 2009

WASHINGTON – During the first six months of 2009, Democratic and Republican party committees that filed disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) raised a combined $214.6 million and spent $164.9 million. Democratic party committees reported the receipt of $109.8 million, representing a decrease in fundraising by 1.8% over 2007 totals between January 1 and June 30 but a 26.4% increase in receipts compared to the same period in 2005, the last non-presidential cycle. Republican party committees raised $104.8 million, representing a 3.8% and 26.6% decrease in receipts when compared to the same period in 2007 and 2005, respectively.

The table below shows levels of fundraising for national party committees for the first six months of 2009 compared to the same period in 2007-2008 and 2005-2006, the last presidential and non-presidential cycles, respectively.

National, State and Local Party Fundraising in First Six Months of Election Cycle
(in Millions of Dollars)

2009

2007

2005

Democratic National Committee

$37.38

$28.81

$31.30

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

$23.22

$31.21

$23.31

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

$30.85

$36.71

$24.07

State and Local Democratic Party Committees (federal accounts)

$20.62

$16.63

$11.55

Total*

$109.85

$111.84

$86.91

       

Republican National Committee

$45.73

$46.36

$62.05

National Republican Senatorial Committee

$20.69

$15.88

$20.94

National Republican Congressional Committee

$17.55

$29.48

$39.98

State and Local Republican Party Committees (federal accounts)

$26.40

$17.69

$22.41

Total**

$104.75

$108.84

$142.67

*The totals have been adjusted to account for the subtraction of transfers from one party committee to another.

** The Republican totals have been updated to include the subtraction of transfers amongst its party committees.

Contributions from individuals constituted the bulk of the receipts for both parties. Democrats reported receiving $76.6 million from individuals and $24.2 million from political action committees (PACs) and House and Senate members’ campaign committees.Republicans reported receiving $78.1 million from individuals and $9.3 million from PACs and House and Senate members’ campaign committees.

At the end of June, Democratic party committees had $37.8 million cash on hand and debts of $15.8 million, and Republican party committees had $54.1 million in cash on hand and debts of $6.9 million.

The attached charts provide summary data for the financial activities of the federal committees of the two major parties for the first six months of 2009 and comparisons for the same period in the previous ten election cycles. Also included are tables depicting the breakdown of contributions to national parties by contribution amount.

National Democratic Party Committee Financial Activity Through June 2009 [excel] [pdf]

National Republican Party Committee Financial Activity Through June 2009 [excel] [pdf]

Contributions from Individuals to National Party Committees by Contribution Amount [excel] [pdf]

 

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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