Dems Way Behind GOP in Fund-Raising

The Democratic National Committee has raised $22.6 million this year through fundraisers, direct mail and online, but still trails the national GOP by a 2-1 margin, Democrats said Tuesday.

Howard Dean (search) has been traveling to fundraisers around the country in recent days — including events in several cities in Texas to Atlanta to a Tuesday night event in Boston.

Despite these efforts, the DNC still trails the Republican National Committee, which reported last week that it raised almost $53 million through the first five months of the year. That compares with $22.6 million raised by the DNC over the same period.

The RNC reported it had $32.6 million on hand at the end of May. Democrats had $8.2 million.

Democrats are raising money "from high-dollar and low-dollar donors, through the Internet and by direct mail," said DNC spokeswoman Laura Gross. "We're still raising $1 million a week."

Democrats raised an estimated $250,000 Monday night in Boston.

Dean told supporters in Boston he would continue to take a tough stand against Republican leaders. He has drawn criticism from some in the GOP and even some moderate Democrats over recent statements perceived as critical of Republicans in general.