With four months to go until the November elections, the state Senate Democrats’ campaign committee remains about $1.45 million in debt with just $750,000 on hand.
According to spokesman Mike Murphy, the Senate’s minority conference raised about $730,000 since March, giving them a total of $3.3 million raised since January 2011.
But a significant debt from the 2010 election cycle still lingers, and remains unchanged since the conference’s filing in March. (The debt was $1.78 million in January.)
It all means the Senate Democrats—who currently hold 29 of 62 seats in the Senate—face an uphill financial battle when it comes to retaking control of the chamber in November. The Senate GOP today reported a total of $5.4 million on hand between their two campaign accounts.
Today’s filings sparked something of a war of words between spokesmen for the two main Senate conferences. Senate GOP’s Scott Reif chimed in first, after his conference’s filing was made public:
“Republicans have $5.4 million on hand, even after making significant investments in districts we expect to be competitive this fall. This financial advantage, along with a record of accomplishment that includes reducing spending two years in a row, enacting a property tax cap, and laying the foundation to create thousands of new private sector jobs, show Republicans are poised to grow our majority.”
Senate Dems’ Mike Murphy responded:
“As usual, Senate Republicans are more comfortable dealing in fantasy rather than reality. Despite the abuse of their majority status to rake in special interest money, the cash-on-hand advantage for Senate Republicans has remained roughly the same as it was in January, putting Senate Democrats on a competitive footing as we move into the political season.”
And after the Senate Democrats’ bottom line was made public, Reif issued another statement:
“The numbers Democrats are crowing about are anemic, even by minority party standards. Two years ago, when Republicans were in the minority, we had nearly $2.5 million on hand and no debt. Democrats have little cash on hand and are deep in debt. Their formula is not a winning formula.”