RNC Beat DNC in August Fundraising

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The Republican National Committee Election Night party at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.

The Republican National Committee extended its advantage in fundraising over the Democratic National Committee last month, according to filings the two national party groups made Sept. 20 with the Federal Election Commission.

The RNC raised $6.8 million in August and $53.7 million in the first eight months of this year, compared with the DNC’s $4.3 million last month and $39.7 million year-to-date.

The RNC’s fundraising  is up 4 percent from $51.5 million in the first eight months of 2011. The DNC’s receipts fell 43 percent from $70.1 million in the first eight months of 2011 — a period when President Barack Obama was actively raising money for his 2012 re-election campaign.

The RNC entered September with $12.5 million in the bank and no debt, compared with $3.6 million cash and $18.2 million in debt for the DNC.

James A. Skinner, the former CEO of McDonald’s Corp. and current non-executive chairman of Walgreen Co., and Steven Einhorn, vice chairman at Omega Advisors Inc., were among donors giving the maximum $32,400 to the RNC last month.

Janie Hendrix, stepsister of the late rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix and the CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, donated $32,400 to the DNC. Actress Melanie Griffith gave $16,200.

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