WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- The Democratic National Committee said it has raised an off-election-year Democratic Party record of $28.5 million from 600,000 donors so far in 2005.
The DNC Monday said since former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean became party chairman in February, Democrats have pulled in more than $1 million a week. The party had about $9 million in cash on hand.
The DNC said Dean's grass-roots popularity was the reason behind the 600,000 donations.
"This proves that Americans want to get Democrats elected in every state and territory, in every city, in every precinct, at every level of government," Dean said in a release. "People are eager to get our country back on track and they know they can trust Democrats to do just that."
Last month, the Republican National Committee announced it had collected $52.9 million over the first five months of the year and had $32.6 million in cash on hand at the end of May.