Hard and Soft Money to Republican and Democratic Parties and Candidates

Hard and Soft Money to Republican

and Democratic Parties and Candidates

(January 1, 1997-October 14, 1998)

Money Figures in Millions

 

Total

Republican

Democrat

94 Soft Money

$81.2

$38.4

$42.8

98 Soft Money

$172.5

$93.7

$78.8

Change

+$91.3 (112%)

+$55.3 (144%)

+$36.0 (84%)

       
94 Hard Money to Parties

$236.2

$159.6

$76.6

98 Hard Money to Parties

$291.5

$184.6

$106.9

Change

+$65.3 (28%)

+$25 (16%)

$30.3 (40%)

       
94 Hard Money to Candidates

$518.3

$263.9

$254.4

98 Hard Money to Candidates

$571.5

$308.3

$263.2

Change

$53.1 (10%)

$44.4 (17%)

$8.8 (3%)

       
94 Total Receipts

$835.7

$461.9

$373.8

98 Total Receipts

$1,035.5

$586.6

$448.9

Total Change

$199.8 (24%)

$124.7 (27%)

$75.1 (20%)

Source: Public Citizen, based on Federal Election Commission data. Money figures in millions.

Republicans v. Democrats

During the 1998 election cycle, Republicans vastly out-raised Democrats. Through October 14th of this cycle, the Republican Party and Republican federal candidates raised $587 million, 31% more than the $449 million raised by the Democratic Party and its federal candidates.

During the same period in the 1994 election cycle, the Republican Party and Republican federal candidates raised $461.9 million, 24% more than the $373.8 million raised by the Democratic Party and its federal candidates.