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12/20/2013 05:36 pm ET Updated Dec 20, 2013

House Democrats Winning Fundraising War Over Republicans

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continued to break its own monthly fundraising records while besting its Republican counterpart in November.

According to Federal Election Commission records filed on Friday, the DCCC raised $5 million in November, its best non-election year total for that month, while the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $4 million. The NRCC's total was also that committee's highest total for a non-election year November.

The Democratic committee's dominance provides House Democrats with a large money advantage going into next year's midterm elections. The DCCC has $27.6 million cash on hand and no debt, compared to $19.6 million cash on hand for the NRCC. The Republican committee did, however, finally pay off all of its debts in November.

The Democrats are winning the fundraising battle due to the heavy fundraising schedules of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.), according to a DCCC aide.

Support from new donors, who often give repeating small donations, is also providing a big boost that is likely to continue through to Election Day. The Huffington Post reported on Wednesday that the DCCC had $10.1 million from more than 11,700 donors who did not give to the committee in 2012 through October. The NRCC had only raised $5.7 million from more than 4,200 donors.

The DCCC's November fundraising was down from its peak in September and October when Congress debated and then entered into a 16-day government shutdown. Email blasts from the Democratic committee to its large supporter list brought in huge numbers of small donations to power it to its best two fundraising months of the year.

Even though the DCCC is winning the fundraising battle ahead of the 2014 midterms, the NRCC is still posting its best-ever numbers. With $56 million raised through November, the Republican committee is already ahead of its full 2011 total and $20 million ahead of its year-end total in 2009.

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