According to the Federal Election Commission, members of both parties in the House raised a combined $43.8 million in the first six months of this year. This represents a 38 percent increase over the 1993 amount for the same time period and the highest total since such records have been kept. In an attempt to maintain their majority in 1996, House Republicans, spurred by the first-year class, have collected $27.5 million. Of the fifty top money-raisers, 36 were Republicans. This contrasts vividly from two years ago when only 15 of the top 50 were Republicans. Within the first-year class, the average Republican raised $142,000 within the first six months of the 1994 election, while the average Democrat raised a little less than $78,000.