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The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

If the po­lit­i­cal party with the most money in its cam­paign war chest had dom­i­nated in Novem­ber’s elec­tions, then Repub­li­cans would be in con­trol of Congress and John McCain would be sit­ting in the Oval Of­fice.

Na­tion­ally, ac­cord­ing to the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, the Repub­li­can Party raised $30 mil­lion more than Democrats dur­ing the 2007-2008 elec­tion cy­cle — $793 mil­lion and $762 mil­lion, re­spec­tively. But the amount raised by Democrats was a 58 per­cent in­crease over the 2006 cy­cle, while Repub­li­can re­ceipts grew 32 per­cent.

The Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee spent far more in in­de­pen­dent ex­pen­di­tures than the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee in op­pos­ing the other party’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. The DNC spent just more than $1 mil­lion op­pos­ing Mr. McCain, whereas the RNC spent al­most $54 mil­lion op­pos­ing Demo­crat Barack Obama.

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