The campaign arm of Senate Republicans raised $8 million last month, a new record for the group during August of an off-year, Nerdshala has learned.
why it matters: The National Republican Senatorial Committee saw a spike in donations amid criticism of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and rising COVID-19 cases. It is also reporting a record number of new donors, and saw the largest digital fundraising month ever in the cycle.
by numbers, According to data seen by Nerdshala:
- Total raised in August: $8 million
- money in hand: $25.24 million
- August donation: 175,552
- Average donation: $45.17
- August first time donor: 18,981
- August donations under $200: 174,028
- Total August donations under $200: $4.96 million
big picture: NRSC’s five best off-year fundraising months — and seven of its top 10 — have all come in 2021.
- It’s raising an average of about $8.3 million a month this year, up from $5.5 million in 2019 and $4.5 million in 2017.
- This isn’t just a GOP event, though: The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee is also putting out a slew of off-year numbers.
- It’s almost on pace with Republicans this year in terms of fundraising.
yes but: NRSC managed to pay off all its outstanding loans earlier in 2021.
- DSCC still owed $20 million at the start of the year, but as of last month, it still owed $2 million in debt.
- The NRSC also ended August with $25 million in the bank, more than double what its Democratic counterpart reported a month earlier.
What we’re listening to: NRSC President Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) plans to present the new data at the GOP conference at his lunch Tuesday afternoon.