The Republican National Committee raised $8.4 million in March, bringing its total for 1998 to $23.4 million, almost twice as much as the Democratic National Committee.

The Democratic National Committee raised $12.4 million from Jan. 1 to March 31, with President Clinton remaining a huge fund-raising draw despite allegations of misconduct.The RNC raised almost half of its March contributions - $4 million - in so-called soft money, the unregulated sums that are supposed to be used for party-building activities or issue advertisements.