Yesterday, the FEC released the 15 month party fundraising report and it unveiled little in the way of surprises.
Both parties national commitees are down slightly from 2006 and down significantly from 2004. The RNC continues to significantly outraise the DNC, but the DSCC continued its trend of outraising the NRSC – this year by a significant margin, and for the first time in recent memory the DCCC outraised – significantly -the NRCC.
Often less noticed, but still important (esp. given McCain’s joint fundraising strategy), are the state and local party committees. At this level, the Republicans are down slightly compared to the last three cycles but still ahead of the Democrats, who continue to see upward growth in their state and local fundraising.
All told, through March 31st, Democratic party committee have raised more than $274 million and Republican party committees have raised about $287 million. And while the Republicans enjoyed a slight fundraising advantage, they find themselves with significantly less cash on hand and are trending in the wrong direction.