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Democrats Again Outraise Republicans In Race For Congress

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Reported: Jun. 20, 2014 6:01 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The campaign committee of Senate Republicans has again trailed its Democratic opponent in fundraising and savings.

Both campaign groups on Friday released fundraising summaries that showed donors continuing to open wallets. Democrats are defending a six-seat majority, and strategists say Republicans have a shot at winning at least that many races.

Donors gave the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee $8.3 million in May and it banked $28.2 million. The Democrats also borrowed $5.2 million in May to buy an office building on Capitol Hill.

Republican donors gave the National Republican Senatorial Committee $5.8 million in May. The committee has saved $22.1 million.

Both parties plan to use their cash for on-the-ground operatives and television ads in tight races.
House Republicans say their campaign arm raised $6 million last month to defend their majority. But they still trailed their Democratic rivals in fundraising.

Both parties' House campaign committees on Friday reported fundraising totals for May. Combined, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have raised $241 million this cycle and have banked $81 million.

Democrats face long odds at toppling the Republican House majority but have outraised the GOP campaign arm in 15 of the last 17 months.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised more than $7 million in May and has saved almost $46 million.

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised and $6 million last month and has $35 million in the bank.
These figures do not take into account money from outside groups, which can spend unlimited amounts for political ads. Outside spending tends to favor Republican candidates.

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