- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 17, 2014

While House Democrats rack up the campaign donations, state-level conservatives considerably outpaced their Democratic counterparts this quarter.

The Republican Governors Association, a Section 527 political organization, reported raising $24.1 million through June 30 — over $10 million more than the Democratic Governors Association, which raised $13.8 million, according to campaign finance reports made public Tuesday.

Republicans were able to surpass the Democrats with the help of some major donations from big names such as the Kochs.

David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, and Sheldon Andelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., donated $2.5 million each to the RGA, while Ken Griffin, CEO of Citadel Group, donated $1.5 million.

Republicans spent $15.6 million during the second quarter, mostly for media buys and travel, while Democrats spent $12.1 million, including a $1 million donation to Charlie Crist, the former Republican Florida governor who is again running for office as a Democrat.

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