The Washington Times - September 20, 2013, 11:08AM

The average donation was $48. The percentage of donors who gave under $200 was 98 percent. Its amounts to a very handsome chunk of change for the Republican Party, which now has $12.5 million in their war chest, cash on hand.

The Grand Old Party has a big field operation underway as multiple elections approach, which means boots on the ground and heartland outreach. Close to $7 million of the total amount was raised in August alone.

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“The RNC is engaging with voters in the field earlier than ever and working to hold Democrats up and down the ballot accountable for their misguided agenda,” says Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.

“We already have more staff on the ground than in headquarters and are continuing to build out our data and digital teams. It’s imperative that we keep building a permanent, nationwide campaign to provide our candidates with the necessary tools and resources to achieve success.”

The goal, he says, is “growing our party and earning voter trust”, and all interest is welcome as big tent thinking becomes paramount.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of grassroots and major donors alike,” Mr. Priebus says. “We’re doing things that have never been done before, and there’s enthusiasm across the country for charting a path to victory.”