Both the Republican Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association reported strong fundraising numbers for the second quarter on Monday, although the Republicans had a notable advantage over their Democratic counterparts.
The RGA noted that it raised $16.7 million in the second quarter of 2012, bringing its fundraising total for the year to $29 million.
"Thanks to Scott Walker's historic victory last month and the RGA's strong fundraising, there is no doubt that the political momentum is on Republicans' side ahead of key governors' races this November," said RGA Chairman and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
He added, "With record resources and a favorable political map that includes critical battleground states and many pickup opportunities, the RGA is prepared to make a major impact on this year's elections and expand our majority."
Meanwhile, the DGA said it raised $13 million in the second quarter and $21 million for the first six months of 2012.
DGA Chairman and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said, "Democratic governors are playing a critical role as our economy continues to recover, working tirelessly to create jobs and expand opportunity - and our record-setting second quarter reflects huge support for those efforts."
"Meanwhile, Republican governors continue to prioritize ideology over effectiveness, focusing on rolling back women's rights, workers' rights, and voters' rights," he added.
The groups could play a big role in eleven governors' races this fall, although neither group revealed how much cash they have on hand.
by RTT Staff Writer
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