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DNC raises $16 million in September

By Mark Preston, CNN Senior Political Editor
  • September amount represents highest monthly total in 2010 election cycle
  • GOP is trying to win back control of House and Senate in midterm elections
  • Republican totals are expected later in the month

Washington (CNN) -- The Democratic National Committee will report raising $16 million in September, the committee's biggest cash haul so far in the 2010 election cycle.

The DNC is not required to report its fundraising totals until later this month, but Democrats are eager to promote this bit of good news as political discussion has centered on whether Republicans will wrest back control of the U.S. House and perhaps the Senate from Democrats in the November midterms.

The DNC's previous high-water mark for fundraising in the 2010 election cycle was $13.3 million in March. In August, the DNC took in about $11 million.

"Demonstrating the increased energy we've seen in the polls and among our grass roots activists, more than 80 percent of the more than $16 million we raised in September came from low dollar donors online and in the mail," Brad Woodhouse, a DNC spokesman, said in an e-mail. "We've found that our supporters are now focused on the election, are responding to the President's message laying out the choice and understand the stakes."

It is not yet known how much the Republican National Committee raised last month. An RNC official tells CNN that the committee will release its September fundraising total on Oct. 20.