First look: Senate GOP’s campaign arm raises $8 million in August

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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.

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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
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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.
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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.

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