Democrats getting outspent? Not so fast

To hear top Democrats tell it, the party is being wildly outgunned this year in the fight for campaign cash as Republicans rely on outside groups to funnel money to GOP contenders.

But the numbers tell a different story.

So far, the latest figures show that the Democratic Party machinery has outraised its Republican counterpart in this campaign cycle by almost $270 million. And even when outside spending on television advertising and direct mail is added to the mix, Republicans still haven’t closed the gap.

The money race totals come to $856 million for the Democratic committees and their aligned outside groups, compared to $677 for their Republican adversaries, based on figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

In 2006, the parties’ positions were essentially reversed: Republican Party committees raised nearly $800 million compared to $600 million collected by their Democratic adversaries, and the GOP incumbents entered the cycle with their own brimming war chests. The Republicans still wound up losing their House majority.