Caruso on track to exceed $100 million in campaign spending
The Republican National Committee raised $11.7 million during the second quarter, which represents a 3.2 percent increase over last year.
That’s according to its latest filings with the Federal Election Commission.
In addition to the RNC, both parties raised $9.6 million and spent $22.5 million to send Republicans to the elections last week.
At this point in the campaign season, the RNC is probably spending slightly more than it has been in previous campaign cycles.
After raising an anemic $2.7 million during the second quarter, the committee has now topped $100 million.
An RNC spokesman said their fundraising total was bolstered by the recent fundraising success of the Trump campaign, and the committee has already surpassed what it spent on the primary cycle.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says they were also pleased with their fundraising ability amid the chaotic primary cycle they have had to deal with.
“The RNC has been a fundraising machine from Day 1. After we raised $10 million in the general election, we added another $1 million in underwriting and it’s still going up,” Priebus told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. “We are in a position to continue to exceed our Republican primary goal of $110 million. That includes money we raised in other states that helped us out.”
He added that this year, “our money was in almost every state. They gave us much more money than any other state did,” he said of the other candidates. “We think we raised more money last quarter then any other presidential campaign.”
When asked why Republicans are raising more than Democrats, Priebus said it is due to the campaign finance system in place.
“We have in place a campaign finance system that is more open than anything that was seen in the last 20 years,” he said on the same Fox Business segment. “So that’s probably the biggest reason is also part of the change in the primary.”
He continued, “When we opened our doors in 1996, we were the party of George Bush. If people wanted a Republican president, George Bush was their choice. And they