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06/21/2013 01:23 pm ET | Updated Jun 22, 2013

RNC Fundraising Continues To Swamp DNC Efforts

The Republican National Committee maintained its fundraising lead over the Democratic National Committee in the month of May, as the RNC raised $7.5 million to the DNC's $5.9 million.

Since the beginning of the year, the RNC has beaten the DNC in fundraising by $9 million. The Republicans ended May with a cash-on-hand advantage of $4 million. Most troubling for the DNC is that it still has $19.8 million in debt, compared to zero debt for the RNC.

The RNC is the historically dominant political party committee, and in the post-soft money era -- since McCain-Feingold restrictions went into effect in 2003 -- it has only been outraised by the Democrats during the 2010 election and, thanks to transfers from then-Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign, during the 2004 election.

The DNC's troubles contrast starkly with the successes of the Democratic congressional party committees. In May, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $6.1 million to beat the National Republican Congressional Committee in every month of 2013 so far. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $4.9 million in May, compared to just $3.6 million for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The RNC continues to receive strong support from its grassroots base, as it did during the 2012 election. In May, the committee raised $3.75 million from donors giving less than $200, while the DNC brought in only $1.9 million from those small donors. The DNC outraised the RNC among donors giving more than $200: $3.9 million to $3.5 million.

The DNC will likely report better numbers for June, boosted by fundraisers featuring President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

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