WASHINGTON — The Arkansas Democratic and Republican state parties have received more than $7 million from their national affiliates this campaign cycle largely to help bolster the election efforts of candidates running for U.S. Senate and Congress.

WASHINGTON — The Arkansas Democratic and Republican state parties have received more than $7 million from their national affiliates this campaign cycle largely to help bolster the election efforts of candidates running for U.S. Senate and Congress.


The Democratic Party of Arkansas received nearly $1.74 million from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic National Committee and similar groups in the first two weeks of October. In all, the DPA has received $4.8 million from them.


The Republican Party of Arkansas received $1.17 million from the Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and similar groups in the same two week period. In all, the RPA has received just over $2.6 million from them.


The figures are included in campaign finance reports the Arkansas Democrats and Republicans filed most recently with the Federal Election Commission.


The federal cash has helped both parties hire campaign field workers who help coordinate volunteers that knock on doors, make phone calls and otherwise encourage voters to turn out for their respective party tickets. Arkansas Democrats say they have an advantage over Republicans in turning out the vote.


"We’ve made historic investments in our ground game this election cycle. Our field organizers are on the ground in communities across the state organizing volunteers and getting them on the doors and on the phones talking with their neighbors," said DPA spokesman Patrick Burgwinkle. "A visit from a volunteer is the single most effective form of voter contact and we’ve built a grassroots organization that is turning out our voters and will make the difference on Election Day."


The DPA’s pre-general election FEC report lists a staff of 95 individuals who were paid $110,098 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15. The RPA’s report listed a staff of 59 individuals who were paid $25,154 over the two week period.


Fred Brown, a spokesman for RNC Victory in Arkansas, said that Republicans have a substantial ground game that includes many volunteers.


"Our ground game is unlike anything we’ve done before in Arkansas, investing early and focusing on recruiting volunteers at the precinct level," he said. "As we’ve consistently seen in the polls, the races are in our favor and Democrats have to pump money into Arkansas to close the gap and make up for an unenthused and disengaged volunteer base."