GOP’s Senate fund-raising committee outpaces Democrats |

GOP’s Senate fund-raising committee outpaces Democrats


WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans have $8.5 million in their campaign account, more than double the Democrats’ total, as the parties lay the financial groundwork for 2002 elections that will decide control of the evenly divided chamber, finance reports show.

The $9 million raised in the first three months of 2001 was a first-quarter record for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee but trailed National Republican Senatorial Committee’s $18 million. The GOP total was helped by activities surrounding the inauguration of President Bush.

Republicans said they had $7.6 million in federally regulated donations in the bank that would not be affected by campaign finance legislation that would ban unregulated contributions from unions, corporations and individuals.

Democrats were unable to provide a similar breakdown late Thursday, although their committee said two-thirds of the $9 million raised came from soft money sources.

Both committees reported raising money far above the levels of previous years, even as the Congress debates legislation that would overhaul campaign finance by banning soft money contributions.

The Republican National Committee also released its quarterly finance report Thursday. It raised $6.8 million in March, to bring its first-quarter total to $23.7 million. That includes just over $20 million in money regulated by federal contribution limits.

The Democratic National Committee, which did not release financial data, will make its next financial report this summer.

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