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December 29, 2014

RNC Sails By DNC in August Fundraising

The national party committees had different results for the normally slow fundraising month of August.  The Republican National Committee raised almost $2.5 million more than the Democratic National Committee.

TheRepublican National Committee reported it had receipts of $6,762,822 and disbursements of $6,520,165 during August,leaving $12,510,182 cash on hand on 8/31, with no debts. The committee raised $3.5 million from contributors giving $200 or less. Of the $3 million in itemized donors, Texas contributors gave $400,043. Florida donors gave $268,754. California donors gave $263,580.

Major individual donors included the following, each giving $32,400: McDonald’s Corporation CEO James Skinner ; L. Mays (founder/Chairman, Clear Channel Communications, TX); Robert McCormack (venture capitalist, FL); Edmund Schweitzer (president, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, WA): Beatrix Schweitzer, WA; Elizabeth Uihlein (president, Uline Inc, IL.); among others.

The committee spent $1.4 million on postage; $1.1 million on telemarketing; $752,251 on payroll; $485,814 on mail production services; among other expenditures. The committee paid $50,000 to Receiver Douglas A. Kelley for a law suit settlement. The committee transferred $559,330 to various state party committees, including $271,200 to the Republican Party of Virginia.

The DNC Services Corp/Democratic National Committee reported receipts of $4,297,231 and disbursements of $4,806,960 during August, leaving $3,634,122 cash on hand, with $18.2 million in debts outstanding. The committee raised $2.2 million from contributors giving $200 or less. PACs and other committees gave $190,909. Of the $1.8 million in itemized contributions, California contributors gave $333,658, New York donors gave $157,633, and Texas contributors agave $134,383.

Major donors include actress Melanie Griffith (1-2-3 Cashmere Inc., NY) gave $16,200; Janie Hendrix (CEO, Experience Hendrix, WA) gave $32,400; Bennet J. Murphy (attorney, Dewey & LeBoeuf, CA) gave $32,400; Laura Paulson (deputy chairman, Christies Inc., NY) gave $25,000; among others.

The committee paid $1 million to reduce their outstanding loans. They also spent $750,000 on direct mail; $515,664 on salaries; $499,991 on telemarketing; $190,909 on list rental; and transferred $271,751 to various state party committees.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

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