The final month of the 2010 election cycle starts off on a good note for Democrats: the Democratic National Committee has raised $16 million in September.

It's a sizable haul that's not only the committee's largest since March, but also, as noted by The Hotline, the biggest month for the DNC since the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill in 2002.

In an otherwise dreary election cycle for Democrats, the DNC's outperformance of the Republican National Committee has been a bright spot. As of last month's disclosures, the DNC had outraised the RNC $81.5 million to $62.5 million since Election Day 2008, undoubtedly aided by the string of RNC missteps that have brought criticism to Chairman Michael Steele during his tenure at the committee.

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