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House Democrats best GOP rival in fundraising

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm •  Published: July 15, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors keep opening their wallets for campaign committees and outside groups to pack the airwaves with ads and stuff mailboxes full of political mail. Some highlights from campaign finance reports filed Tuesday:

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HOUSE COMMITTEES RAISE CASH

House Democrats' campaign arm once again outraised its Republican rival last month, according to summaries of fundraising reports.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $10.9 million from donors in June and has $50.9 million in its bank accounts, officials said. At the same time, the National Republican Congressional Committee said donors gave another $9.6 million to the committee tasked with keeping House Republicans in the majority.

The Democrats' campaign committee has outraised the GOP in 16 of the last 18 months despite long odds of tipping control of the chamber away from Republicans. The Democrats have now raised almost $125 million since the last elections and have been spending heavily to help their incumbents and candidates.

House Republicans' campaign arm has raised $101 million this election cycle and has $42.5 million in the bank.

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BUSINESS SPENDING HEAVY

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's political arm spent $11.3 million during the past three months on roughly two dozen races, according to its finance reports.

The biggest spending was in Georgia, where the lobbying group backed Rep. Jack Kingston for Senate with $1.6 million in ads. Kingston advanced to a July 22 runoff against businessman David Perdue.

The group also spent $1.1 million in Colorado, where GOP Rep. Cory Gardner is trying to topple Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.

The Chamber also spent $700,000 on last-minute ads to help Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran beat back a surprising tea party challenger in both a primary and a runoff.

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BOEHNER HAS $6M QUARTER

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