The Republicans' campaign committee in the House is tops in dollars raised and has nearly $26 million in the bank.

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised twice as much as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from January 2003 through last month — $131 million for the NRCC compared to $64 million for the DCCC — but has spent heavily, according to reports the committees filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The NRCC, trying to keep its House majority in this fall's elections, spent $108 million by the start of September, including about $55 million on phone banks. The House Democratic committee spent about $44 million from January 2003 through last month, and started September with $21 million in the bank.

Each House party committee raised about $6 million in August. Republicans have majority control with 228 seats to 205 for the Democrats with one independent and one vacancy.

The two Senate committees, meanwhile, are close in fund raising but not in cash on hand.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, whose members hold a slim Senate majority of 51-48 with one independent, raised at least $59 million this election cycle and spent $37 million, beginning September with $22 million in the bank.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had collected at least $55 million by the end of August and spent $45 million. It opened this month with about $11 million on hand and $149,000 in bills to pay.

Each Senate party committee raised about $4 million last month.