DNC rakes in $16 million in September
(...) The Democratic National Committee raised $16 million in September alone, a startlingly strong month of fundraising that party operatives insist is a sign of momentum for their side with roughly one month remaining before the November midterms.
The DNC's September fundraising marks the best month of the 2010 cycle for the DNC and the best month of cash collection for the committee in a midterm election since the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law early last decade.
Official numbers for September aren't due at the Federal Election Commission until Oct. 20. The Republican National Committee, which has struggled on the fundraising front in recent months, has not yet released its September figures.
Of the $16 million the DNC raised in September, more than 80 percent came from online and direct-mail donors -- evidence that the party base is starting to vote with their checkbooks, argued DNC officials. (...)
NRCC Goes On Air in 45 Districts
(...) The NRCC has launched a TV ad blitz targeting 45 districts this week, marking the first time Republicans have been on the air in as many districts as they’ll need to take back control of the House. Republicans are spending big on the effort, dishing out $ 4.4M on the ad buys this week.
(...) The ads – 25 of which are brand new — come a week after the NRCC went up in 30 districts. The NRCC has planned to spend $ 35M on TV in 55 districts so far.
The NRCC is targeting 17 Democrats with ad buys of $ 100K or more. It is spending the most targeting Rep. Mark Schauer in MI 07. The NRCC is spending $ 365K there, on top of the $ 352K it spent there last week. Schauer is facing a rematch against former Rep. Tim Walberg (R).
The NRCC is also spending $ 243K targeting Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH) for the first time. Boccieri is considered a top tier target for the GOP. He is running against businessman Jim Renacci (R).
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) is another Democrat the NRCC is spending big on for the first time. Republicans are up with $ 215K worth of ads against Kosmas. The NRCC also broke the $ 200K mark in Rep. Alan Grayson‘s neighboring Orlando-area district, where it doled out $ 219K.
There are new targets among the group this week. Most notably, the NRCC dished out $ 154K hitting state Sen. Mike Oliverio (D), who is running for the open seat in WV 01. The GOP is also attacking Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) in OR 05 for the first time with $ 126K.
Other districts where the GOP is spending big represent incumbents that have been targets all cycle. The NRCC is targeting Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) with $ 186K, Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) with $ 133K, Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D) with $ 145K and Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) with $ 134K. The NRCC spent big in these districts last week as well.
The GOP also continues to spend big on the open seat in MI 01, where Rep. Bart Stupak (D) retired. The NRCC dished out $ 182K on an attack on state Rep. Gary McDowell (D). The NRCC spent $ 180K in the district last week as well. (...)