The chief campaign arm of congressional Democrats continued last month to beat its Republican counterpart in fundraising.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pulled in $5.4 million in April, compared to the $5.1 million raised by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The DCCC has raised $28 million over the first four months of 2013 while the NRCC has raised $22.5 million.
According to a DCCC aide, the committee's fundraising from small online donors continues to bear fruit. It raised $1.4 million from online donors in April.
At the same time, the DCCC relied heavily on big-money donors brought out to a series of fundraising events in the San Francisco Bay area featuring President Barack Obama. Those events raised $3.25 million for the committee.
Speaking at an event held at the home of investor and environmental activist Tom Steyer, Obama called on guests to donate to help make House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the speaker of the House again. "To do that, I’m going to need you and Nancy is going to need you," he said.
The DCCC has been quickly retiring its debt from the 2012 election. It has already paid off $8 million and only has $4.1 million remaining, half of its total debt load at the same point in 2011. The NRCC currently holds $6.3 million in debt.