Observation - Fundraising
The DNC is saying they raised still more, "almost $13 million."
And then there's this,
The Republican National Committee at the end of last year struck a deal with the Michigan Republican Party that if the state party could raise what turned out to be a half a million dollars for the RNC from its donors, the committee would immediately give the money back, in a scheme apparently devised to increase the RNC’s 2009 fundraising numbers....
Asked the motivation for the individual contributors to donate to the Michigan Party through the RNC, the official said by doing so, “they would be able to give more money to the Michigan state party than the federal limit of 10k.”
If such a deal is provable, I think that would be illegal.