County political parties spent less through the end of the third quarter this year that they have on any races in the past decade after adjustments for inflation, according to data released by the Election Law Enforcement Commission Thursday.
Through Sept. 30, county parties raised just shy of $3.8 million and spent a little more than $3.7 million.
The spending figure was above $5 million last year and nearly as much in 2018. Still, there was some indication that fundraising improved toward the end of the year.
Party organizations raised $1.8 million between July and September, just shy of the $1.9 million they raised during the preceding six months.
As is usual, Democratic groups outspent and outraised their Republican counterparts this year, bringing in more than $2.5 million to Republicans’ less than $1.2 million.
At the end of September, Democratic county parties had $1.9 million banked, while the GOP groups had just $468,041.
Camden County leads the fundraising field on the Democratic side, having brought in just shy of half a million dollars. They still have $200,287 banked. Gloucester County Democrats have an even larger $479,679 war chest.
With $275,246 raised, Monmouth Republicans led the rest of their party on funraising.