Republicans Have More Money Than Democrats
The Republican Party has almost three times the amount of money that the Democratic Party has in its bank account. That’s the news Republican Party leadership was bragging about Friday night in an email that included a link to Neil Vigdor’s story from the Hearst CT Politics Blog.
As of May 31, the Republican Party reported $106,737 in federal fundraising to the Federal Elections Commission. It also raised about $14,097 at the state level, according to reports filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. That brings the Republicans up to about $120,384.
The fundraising totals come after the annual Prescott Bush Dinner, the Republican Party’s largest fundraiser of the year. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker headlined this year’s event, which was attended by more than 600 people at $250 or more per person.
As of May 31, the Democratic Party reported about $38,239 cash on hand to the Federal Elections Commission. It also raised about $314 at the state level, bringing its total up to $38,553.
The Democratic Party hasn’t held its Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner yet this year. The event, which usually takes place in the spring, has been delayed this year because of scheduling conflicts with a speaker, according to a spokeswoman for the party. The dinner usually features a national Democratic leader and will be held instead in the fall.
Last year’s headliner was Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
The last sum the Democratic Party spent was $1,500 on the race to replace former state Rep. Bryan Hurlburt from Tolland. The seat went to Republican state Rep. Sam Belsito.