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Reviewing the December Fundraising Numbers.
It’s that time again. Short version: RNC above DNC, DNC took a big cash on hand hit, NRSC over DSCC in the biggest shocker, NRCC/DCCC more or less the same, DCCC has a big CoH advantage, and blessed if I know how much any of this means, post-Citizens’ United and post-Brown.
As I mentioned about a week ago, I’m not really sure how relevant it is to look at these numbers any more. I’ve always considered keeping tab of the current totals to be the most important thing about the exercise, from the pragmatic point of view that this would help determine what the two parties were capable of accomplishing at any given time. Well, after the CU case (which may be just the start of rolling back McCain/Feingold) it’s going to get easier to fund candidates; and judging from the Democrats’ track record these days* they may not be really able to do anything with the money they have. So, do we still look at this?
I’m not trying to be cute about this, by the way. I honestly don’t know how useful this is going to be to look at in 2010.
*Since Election Night 2009 their national record is as follows:
They spent a lot of money doing that, too. Particularly in the MA Senate race.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.