Republicans Set to Outspend Dems $60 Mil to $12 Mil in Six Weeks

It is an open question whether the deal between the DNC and DCCC will be enough to offset the financial advantage that the RNC cash will give Republican candidates this fall.

The Bush presidency is at stake. If the Republicans lose their majority in Congress, the new Democratic majority will actually investigate the president’s incompetence and malfeasance — and the White House political team simply cannot let that happen. The Republican National Committee will even risk bankrupting itself to keep the Congress under President Bush’s control:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) will spend its entire bank account, $60 million or more, helping Republicans try to retain control of Congress in the midterm elections.

The looming spending spree appears to have spurred Democratic House leaders to reach agreement over how much the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will help counter this onslaught.

The relationship between the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and DNC has been rocky. There is dispute over whether it took House Democratic Caucus Chairman James Clyburn’s (S.C.) intervention to broker the deal announced yesterday under which part of the DNC’s $12 million will be funneled to 40 House races. Targeted House Democratic candidates will receive about $60,000 from the party committee.

One Democratic official said Clyburn had to bring the sides together, but another official denied it.

The DNC money will also be spent on Senate and gubernatorial races, and voter turnout activities in battleground states.

It is an open question whether the deal between the DNC and DCCC will be enough to offset the financial advantage that the RNC cash will give Republican candidates this fall.

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