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Obama woes spark jump in Republican fundraising

September 24, 2009 |  8:13 am

Protesters on health care outside an Obama rally in Portsmouth, N.H. summer 2009

Call it the summer of their discontent, a steamy August of town hall outbursts and pistol-packing protesters, a collective railing against government-run healthcare and soaring federal deficits.

Now, the guns of August have produced a surge in the fortunes of Republican causes. According to an analysis by USA Today, GOP campaign committees out-raised Democrats by $1.7 million in August.

"Republicans have been able to tap into some of the anger against Democrats in power and translate that into fundraising," Nathan Gonzales of the Rothenberg Political Report told the paper. "There are a lot of Republicans who wish the election were this November, not November 2010, because they feel like the momentum is on their side now."

The breakdown: Nationally, the Republican National Committee brought in $1 million more than the DNC. In the Senate, the Republican fundraising committee brought in $3.1 million, compared with $2.2 million by the Democratic committee. Only in the House did Democrats manage to out-raise Republicans in August, by $200,000. So overall, advantage Republicans.

The question: Is it a trend?

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: Protesters outside a town hall meeting where President Obama spoke about healthcare in Portsmouth, N.H. Credit: John Spencer / Getty Images

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