The Republican National Committee raised $66 million in September, breaking the all-time record for a monthly fundraising total by either party set in October of 2000 during George W. Bush’s run against Al Gore. In October 2000, the RNC raised $43 million. The amount also matches Barack Obama campaign’s best monthly haul, which was in August of this year, when it raised $66 million.

Committee spokesman Alex Conant credited the haul to the energy that Sarah Palin’s VP nomination brought to the campaign.

While McCain cannot dictate how RNC funds are used, the RNC typically uses the vast majority of its funds for ads and organizational support for its Presidential candidate in an election year. Since McCain also received $84 million from public financing in September and $47 million in donations in August, his campaign is now well-funded and has plenty of cash on hand.