The Republican National Committee beat the Democratic National Committee in 2013 fundraising by $18.4 million.
The DNC told POLITICO on Friday that the committee raised $3.9 million in December — bringing its yearly fundraising haul to $62.2 million.
That compares with the $80.6 million the RNC announced last week it had raised in all of 2013. The DNC has $4.7 million cash on hand, with $15.6 million in lingering debt from the 2012 cycle.
The DNC’s debt has shrunk from a high of $22.5 million in March.
“The DNC is working to retire our debt while we continue to make strategic investments in state parties and programs that will help Democrats win up and down the ballot in 2014, like voter protection, our data and technological infrastructure and communications,” a DNC official said.The RNC has no debt, and has $9.2 million on hand.
A DNC official noted that President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama did no fundraising in December.
Nevertheless, the party raised more than $500,000 on New Year’s Eve alone — one of the best fundraising days ever measured on the party’s Democrats.org platform.