The political arm of the Senate’s Democrats topped its partisan counterpart in fundraising in eight of nine months this year including September, when the Republican political organization erased its debt.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $4.6 million last month compared with $3.4 million for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to documents on file at the Senate public records office.
The DSCC began this month with $10 million in cash and $7.5 million in debts, compared with $3.4 million in cash and no debt for the NRSC.
The DSCC raised $38.6 million this year through September, up 16 percent from the first nine months of 2011. The NRSC’s year-to-date receipts total of $25.7 million is down 16 percent from 2011.
The DSCC received $30,000 last month from Martina Bradford, a former senior adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Peter Coors, the chairman of MillerCoors LLC and the losing Republican nominee for the Senate in Colorado in 2004, and Daniel A. D’Aniello, a co-founder of The Carlyle Group LP, were among donors who gave the maximum $32,400 donation to the NRSC.
Democrats will control 55 Senate seats when Sen.-elect Cory Booker of New Jersey is sworn in. They are the defending party in 21 of 35 Senate elections next year, including six in states that President Barack Obama lost by more than 13 percentage points in the 2012 election. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to win a Senate majority.