Good news: RNC down to $5.5 million in bank as midterms approach

posted at 4:09 pm on August 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

That’s the good news. The great news? They’ve got a little more than $2 million in debt on the books, too. And their fundraising take last month was less than half of the DNC’s.

Given the number of other Republican groups raising money, this isn’t as disastrous as going into battle without ammunition. It’s more like going into battle without ammunition for just one of your armies.

So, not disastrous — but bad. With potential implications for the whole war.

In a report filed with the Federal Election Commission this evening, the RNC showed $5.5 million raised and more than $11 million spent — including $1.5 million in transfers to state party committees — last month.
The committee ended July with $5.3 million in the bank and $2.2 million in debt.

The Democratic National Committee raised and spent $11.6 million in July, including nearly $4 million in transfers to state parties. The DNC ended the period with $10.8 million. The DNC had $3.5 million in debt.

The dismal report comes less than a month after RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen accused Chairman Michael Steele of hiding $7 million in debts; the RNC filed amended reports in July detailing $3 million in previously unreported debts.

More from Politico, which has been splashing around in the endless flood of stories about RNC financial problems for months:

The RNC’s money woes have many party leaders and operatives deeply worried about whether the GOP will be able to take full advantage of an otherwise promising election cycle. Of most concern are get-out- the-vote activities that are typically funded by the national committee. While the RNC OK’d a $10 million line-of-credit at its meeting earlier this month, that will still be insufficient to fund the sort of voter contact efforts needed across the House, Senate, gubernatorial and local races this year. Senior Republicans are expecting newly created third-party groups such as American Crossroads to step in and assist with the ground game.

American Crossroads, the new group (actually two groups) from Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, has raised $17.6 million since March. As for the RNC, we’re in campaign mode now so let’s look on the bright side. First, as Patrick Ruffini pointed out on Twitter, the RNC had $44 million in the bank in June 2006 compared to just $10 million for the DNC and the Dems still managed to deliver a thumpin’ in November. (A caveat: Former DNC staffer Kombiz Lavasany claims that that’s only because the DNC had already spread its money around to state parties by that point in the cycle.) Second, the DNC may be doing well but independent Democratic groups — which the left has relied on to fuel attack ads against Republicans over the last few cycles — are in trouble because rich liberals aren’t ponying up. Yet another data point proving that ObamaCare’s passage wasn’t the catalyzing factor for the midterms that the left hoped it’d be:

Democrats attribute the stinginess to a variety of factors, including the lingering recession, the absence of a single unifying enemy such as former President George W. Bush and fatigue among the wealthy donors who wrote big checks during the past two election cycles.

There’s also a degree of disenchantment with the Obama political operation, which discouraged big-dollar independent activity when then-Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign was shattering fundraising records during the 2008 presidential campaign and has done little to revive it since. In addition, tension between the White House and organized labor, a traditional Democratic ally and source of political cash, has suppressed the totals…

In fact, of the 10 Democratic-leaning 527 groups that have been most active over the past three election cycles, seven have raised less in the 2010 cycle (some by a wide margin) than their average fundraising tallies at this point in the previous three cycles, a POLITICO analysis found.

Third, the GOP’s House fundraising committee raked in $8.5 million in July, which was $2 million more its Democratic counterpart and $5 million more than its own numbers in June. They still trail the Dems by $14 million in terms of overall money, but Democratic fundraising — at both the House and Senate level — actually declined substantially from June to July. An early indication of November apathy among the lefty base? If the numbers stay flat, they’ll have to start thinking about Dick Morris’s doomsday dilemma: Do they spread their money around among all vulnerable Dems or do they write off, say, the 30 most vulnerable seats and pour their money into the 30-40 less vulnerable ones in order to increase their chances of holding the House? They’re going to take heavy losses no matter what. The only question is how best to keep some control of the battlefield.

So there you go. That wasn’t bad for a notorious eeyore, no?


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Michael Steele

Blarg the Destroyer on August 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Michael Steal

Knott Buyinit on August 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM

How many steak dinners and strip club nights out can that buy?

These guys are notoriously ineffective. Might as well go to a strip club yourself than give it to these clown acts.

NoDonkey on August 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM

When you start taking the House races district-by-district, looking at individual candidates, historic voting trends in their districts, their campaign funding, their current level of organization, etc. . . . Honestly, it’s scary out there.

Worse than the money situation, perhaps, is the lack of precinct-level organization by Republicans. This was a basic problem in the PA-12 special election. With the help of the NRCC, the Tim Burns campaign was able to roughly match the Democrats in terms of money, but the local GOP didn’t have the kind of organizational infrastructure in terms of county and ward committees necessary to mobilize volunteers for door-to-door canvassing operations.

Phone-banking is important, but even the best phone bank is no substitute for a genuine door-to-door campaign, especially when such canvassing is done by local volunteers contacting their friends and neighbors in their own communities. And, as in PA-12, a basic reason Democrats control these districts is because the local GOP is controlled by weak-minded time-servers who have failed to organize effectively.

The Other McCain via AOSHQ.

Wethal on August 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

That’s not necessarily indicative of anything. How much money is perhaps instead just being given to individual campaigns rather than the party? I know I would never donate a cent to the RNC itself.

KSgop on August 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Here’s some better news…

cynccook on August 21, 2010 at 4:19 PM

People are simply sending their hard earned money to individual candidates, rather than the RNC. No middle man, no overhead. No titty bars.

gary4205 on August 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Um, didnt hotair link to a story YESTERDAY pointing out that Haley Barbour and the Republican Governor’s Association had 40 MILLION to spend?

Right?

So, why worry? gop donors are giving more to candidates (Rubio has BANK) or national candidates(sarahPAC) or offshoot organizations (the “american XYZ” things) versus the actual GOP.

picklesgap on August 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

No middle man, no overhead. No titty bars.

gary4205 on August 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Women and minorities, hardest hit.

NoDonkey on August 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

So, why worry? gop donors are giving more to candidates (Rubio has BANK) or national candidates(sarahPAC) or offshoot organizations (the “american XYZ” things) versus the actual GOP.

Because it does matter to some extent where the money goes. Different entities perform different functions. If they didn’t, there’d be just one group — the Republican Party — and all money would be sent there and divvied up.

Allahpundit on August 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Mr. Steele needs to get hopping — on limos, leased jets, and luxurious 5 star hotel stays if he is going to keep up with Ms. Antoinette.

AP, that was curiously upbeat and optimistic for you. Was your frappe cappuccino prepared especially well this fine day?

GnuBreed on August 21, 2010 at 4:24 PM

So who needs the RNC anymore?

Nobody, that’s who.

FloatingRock on August 21, 2010 at 4:26 PM

“Third, the GOP’s House fundraising committee raked in $8.5 million in July, which was $2 million more its Democratic counterpart and $5 million more than its own numbers in June. They still trail the Dems by $14 million in terms of overall money, but Democratic fundraising — at both the House and Senate level — actually declined substantially from June to July. An early indication of November apathy among the lefty base?”

..which begs the question, isn’t the money flowing into other GOP coffers because of the perceived ineffectiveness of Steele and the RNC?

Money and enthusiasm are nice to have, but between the two, I’d rather have some money and a lot more enthusiasm (and anger) than a lot of money and a Night of the Living Dead base.

The War Planner on August 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM

C’mon, Bleaky McBleakersten, don’t fall into the doom and gloom scenario the MSM is hoping will trick us into some kind of fatalistic surrender…These 2 independent GOP pacs alone intend to spend $50million on this year’s midterms. So, it’s not just up to Michael Steele and the RNC. T

cynccook on August 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

I blame Stacy McCain and his Not One Red Cent movement.

Well, not really, but given how many HA commenters come on here and scream how they’ll NEVER! EVER!! EVER!!! EVARRR!!11!!!!11!!! give money to the RNC again, why should anyone be upset about this? You guys got what you wanted, right? They’re listening to you now, aren’t they?

justkevin on August 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Because it does matter to some extent where the money goes. Different entities perform different functions. If they didn’t, there’d be just one group — the Republican Party — and all money would be sent there and divvied up.

Allahpundit on August 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I still don’t think this is a big deal. People are more likely donating directly to specific candidates or to the more competent national orgs, like the RGA. Do we know how much money the NRSC and NRCC have on hand?

KSgop on August 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Because it does matter to some extent where the money goes. Different entities perform different functions. If they didn’t, there’d be just one group — the Republican Party — and all money would be sent there and divvied up.

Allahpundit on August 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Fair point, but then that assumes that a national organization headquartered in DC is better at assessing winnable races and electoral strategies than individual gop folks in teh heartland.

I truly think the paradigm has changed. I listen to those “RNC STRATEGISTS” on CNN every now and then, and they are nothing but democrats that say the phrase “tax cuts” once a paragraph.

Let me put it to you this way:

As a candidate, who would you trust to lead your campaign in 2010?

the RNC’s Alex Castellanos or Ed Morrissey?

The paradigm has changed….. it’s the army of david thing yada yada that Glenn Reynolds always talks about.

WHo needs the RNC? their only advantage was MONEY.

This same RNC endorsed Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter

picklesgap on August 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

That’d cover about a week of Whitman’s ad budget. We Californians could use a week break from her onslaught — it might even win her some votes — and the RNC could use the cash, so it’d be win-win for everyone!

calbear on August 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I think this calls for a high level RNC conference in Hawaii for PowerPoint presentations and entertainment. Isn’t that how these things are done?

a capella on August 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

They will scramble and cover, take the House and neuter the Senate and O’Blahma, and then fire this fuc*ing douchebag Steele on Wednesday morning and start the job of repairing the relationships with donors past and present.

It’s all good.

Jaibones on August 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Just another roll of quarters, or two…I know this thing is gonna hit.

Limerick on August 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Honestly, every branch of the GOP’s election movement sucks, except the RGA. Haley Barbour should run for RNC chair again, for the good of the party. The man’s a marvel.

PurpleWombats on August 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM

justkevin on August 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Is this supposed to make us feel bad? The truth is that success in the 2010 midterms is absolutely not the sole responsibility of the RNC. Does this information cast doubt on the leadership of the RNC? Uh, yeah. Isn’t fundraising and motivation one of Mr. Steele’s main functions? Obviously lots and lots of people are more motivated to give money to other groups this year. Either way, the Republicans are going to sweep the midterms. Maybe I’m hopelessly optimistic, but I think the Republicans would still do well this year even if they never spent another penny.

cynccook on August 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM

The dismal report comes less than a month after RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen accused Chairman Michael Steele of hiding $7 million in debts; the RNC filed amended reports in July detailing $3 million in previously unreported debts.

So the RNC was lying and now have added the $3m and now state they have a little more than $2m in debt.

What about the additional $4m RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen mentioned?

Does the RNC actually have any money at all?

sharrukin on August 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I’m one of millions who give only to individual candidates. Can’t trust the RNC.

disa on August 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Could Steele be a Manchurian Chairman?

David in ATL on August 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

No middle man, no overhead. No titty bars.
gary4205 on August 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

That’s an awesome slogan for individual candidates who want to run as R’s while distancing themselves from the RNC ‘establishment’.

Monica on August 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

So there you go. That wasn’t bad for a notorious eeyore, no?

Indeed – take the day off – you done good!

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2010 at 4:51 PM

They should throw out all the R ‘leadership’. They’ve all been there too long and are too calcified.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I haven’t given a dime to the RNC in years. I give LOTS to individual candidates in key races.

So the RNC numbers being down don’t dismay or surprise me. We’re gonna take back the House!!

Justrand on August 21, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Allahpundit: 1/2 the candy ass rino he normally is.

Must have a hot date tonight.

lorien1973 on August 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Sad. . . Blue Oyster Cult sounded so forced in that video. They sounded like me singing drunken karaoke.

Rode Werk on August 21, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I sure Coulter will spring to Steele’s defense after she gets done with the homos.

echosyst on August 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM

This is good, if it means that the Stupid Party might actually take the message being sent and become the Republican Party again.

Although, I don’t think this will happen. The Stupid Party will ride a wave not of their making and then sell out the Constitution, country and real Republicans/Americans by whoring themselves out to the highest bidder.

Kalapana on August 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM

If they want donations, they need to change leaders.

Bigbullets on August 21, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I think it’s great news. It means screw the RINO’s. I gave to plenty of candidates I like. No more of my money is going to support a McCain, Graham Nasty, or the Snow Job sisters. And too bad if the RNC doesn’t like it. Maybe they haven’t noticed but the people don’t like the republicans either. We are taking this party back. Get with the program or get out of the way before we run you over. If we don’t win this time the democrats will only have the congress and the senate again next time. We tried the RNC way way it didn’t work. All they gave us was RINO’s. No more democrat lite. It only gets you Charlie Crists.

Jayrae on August 21, 2010 at 5:02 PM

It’s more like going into battle without ammunition for just one of your armies.

Armies? More like “Special Forces”.

Jorge Bonilla on August 21, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Jayrae on August 21, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I imagine there are plenty like us who give to individual candidates and conservative/libertarian interest groups, but stopped giving to the RNC several years ago. So it bothers me not that RNC has to tighten its belt.

petefrt on August 21, 2010 at 5:13 PM

This does not mean that Republican Candidates do not have money – just that people are not giving it to the party. With the advent of the internet, people are able to research and donate to candidates directly from all over the country, in addition to that – take a look at how much money some of the conservative PAC’s have raised. The GOP has money, they just aren’t giving it to Steele to play with.

Govgirl on August 21, 2010 at 5:13 PM

After the GOP snafus of Specter, Crist and Scuzzyfavors, I just give to individuals races, usually on Sarah Palin’s say-so.
The RNC, RGA, NRSC and NRCC are all trolling for $, plus Newt’s folks, Michael Reagan’s, Freedom Works, etc.
Plus, it’s a tough economy.
But, in the end, I don’t think this election will be decided by which party has the most money, but by which one has better ideas, values and position on the issues.
We all know which party that is and it ain’t the DemocRats.

Jenfidel on August 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM

What would it mean if they had $100 million?

They’d be eating at Morton’s instead of Friday’s?

They’d be getting “private” lap dances instead of dropping dollars at the center stage?

I mean, get real. Even when these clowns produce an effective ad, the only place you ever see it is on the internet.

And geez, every time Michael Steele speaks, either people are outraged or the just say, WTF?

NoDonkey on August 21, 2010 at 5:16 PM

The less money the RNC has, the better.

faraway on August 21, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Kudos to all of those who have supported Michael Steele but told the rest of us to lay off the calls for his resignation.

You have done a heck of a job!

madmonkphotog on August 21, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Does that means they have to cancel the RNC Big Event at the Voyeur Club next weekend?

bayview on August 21, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Govgirl on August 21, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Yes, and I for one am contributing substantially more than past years, but not to the party. Only to individual candidates and groups like Freedom Works, Downsize DC, Heritage, etc.

petefrt on August 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

The Rhino National Committee is about to face reality.

volsense on August 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

The RNC has been traveling fast to the bottom. Michael Steele is not the problem he just got stuck with an archaic organization that refuses to change its ways.

Makes me feel bad that I knew Steele would fair. The powers that be in the GOP are still elitist, blue blooded and more worried about keeping their power than making a differnce.

Sad thing is I warned the RNC in 1993 that they would face a day of reckoning. This is the time to make the real changes that are needed.

William Amos on August 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Makes me feel bad that I knew Steele would fairFail.

Fixed.

The RNC will get money once it shows that it can work. The only way that will happen is if it gets rid of the insiders who control it.

William Amos on August 21, 2010 at 5:27 PM

OK, let me get this straight. The same RNC that told us that we couldn’t go Conservative, and after the Moderate Maverick’s disaster of a campaign, told us that it demonstrated we needed to go more moderate. That RNC is now surprised that the Conservative (Note Allah, the Conservatives are getting the money from Republican Donor’s) groups are getting the donations.

Gee what were the odds? I’m surprised that Allah isn’t telling us it’s our duty to end Democratic Party Reign by donating to the Republicans. Which all too often are merely Democrat Lite.

Snake307 on August 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Will not donate to RNC. Can you say Charlie Crist or Dede Schezzefava? Those two did it for me.

I will donate to individual candidates, and if the RNC goes under in the process? So much the better.

UnderstandingisPower on August 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

bayview on August 21, 2010 at 5:20 PM

The bad news is it will have to be toned down.

Instead of imported french champagne, they will go California.

And instead of imported french chippies, they will go California.

Sacrifices people.

NoDonkey on August 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

That’s what they get for being knuckleheads and letting the Obama DNC spend all the money. The down side here is that the Dems have at least a couple billion (or is it a trillion) or so to pass out as bribes walking around money Obama’s stash stimulus…
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RalphyBoy on August 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

William Amos on August 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Might be too late, particularly if pubbies do well in this midterm without much help from the RNC. People are finding out they don’t need a Big Brother making bad decisions for them with their money, and they like it. With access to info the internet now provides, I anticipate a lot more individual participation in the future. It still needs some form of organization, but I think the RNC blew their chance and won’t get it back. But, you are right in that the dead wood needs to be pruned if they want to stay in the game.

a capella on August 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM

OK, let me get this straight. The same RNC that told us that we couldn’t go Conservative, and after the Moderate Maverick’s disaster of a campaign, told us that it demonstrated we needed to go more moderate. That RNC is now surprised that the Conservative (Note Allah, the Conservatives are getting the money from Republican Donor’s) groups are getting the donations.
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Snake307 on August 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Make no mistake: there’s a civil war raging within the party. I couldn’t be more proud of conservatives for boycotting the RNC. The RNC and many of the state parties are run by soulless hacks who pander to conservatives to get their money and countless hours of volunteer service and then stab them and their values in the back.

Those hacks are going to fight HARD to stay entrenched in power. They’ll attack the tea parties with more ferocity than they’ll attack the Democrats. They’ll hit conservatives. They’ll fight back against efforts by conservative activists to get on the central committees of state and national parties. But if we starve the beast and marginalize all those hacks, we will eventually win–and the country will be better for it.

Outlander on August 21, 2010 at 5:46 PM

The RNC is an incestious Cesspool where GOP elite insiders back powerful lobby firms that turn around and back RNC insiders and chairmen. That is why the GOP backs certain candidates and why the GOP still suffers from “Let the oldest guy get his turn” at the national level.

William Amos on August 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

GOP FTL.

southsideironworks on August 21, 2010 at 5:49 PM

I used to be a member of the RNC. I know I was because they sent me a cute little membership card every year, I guess because I sent them money. Frequently.

But several years back the Republicans (especially Senate Republicans) started acting like Democrats. The issue that particularly annoyed me was the full-throated support of amnesty by Graham, McCain and certain other Senate Republicans. That annoyance was compounded by the always dependable “marching in lockstep with Democrats” support from Snowe, Collins & Specter (sure there are/were others but these idiots are/were the “stars”).

So I thought, “Screw it. I’m not going to send my campaign contributions to the RNC where they distribute them to weasels. They can drop dead.”

Well that was then and this is now. I no longer get a cute little RNC membership card. Instead I send my money to those candidates that I believe are aligned with conservative values and principles. And I’m not so annoyed anymore.

trapeze on August 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

I may have missed it, but I didn’t see any mention here of American Crossroads, an outfit organized specifically to siphon off the big donors from the RNC. AC, founded by Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Mike Duncan are anti-tea party and RINO centric. Remember, these guys were the overseers of the 2006 Republican collapse.

Don’t think for a minute that the wild spending only started after Steele took over. AC has worked diligently to undermine Steele. Duncan wasn’t happy that his butt was thrown in the street.

NoNails on August 21, 2010 at 5:51 PM

So there you go. That wasn’t bad for a notorious eeyore, no?

Not bad at all.

The trick is “Victory 2010″ with conservative stars endorsing RNC. And Money Can’t Buy Me Love

Caststeel on August 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

$5.5M won’t buy enough hookers and beer for a donor night out on the town!

HondaV65 on August 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

That’s not necessarily indicative of anything. How much money is perhaps instead just being given to individual campaigns rather than the party? I know I would never donate a cent to the RNC itself.

KSgop on August 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

You hit the nail on the head. My congressman is flush with cash and no real opponent. Meanwhile I’ve received a report from a very well connected friend that Pub 527 groups have received $100′s of millions in donations, while Dems 527′s are receiving very little and in fact some are flat broke with NO contributions being received.

Just maybe “pundits” like Allah are not that well connected and reduced to citing news articles.

Kermit on August 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

NoNails on August 21, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Then there is Gingrich and his group. SOS. But Romney seems to have taken a note from Plain’s book and DeMint is strictly conservative.

Me, I like a scattergun when ya’ really gotta put meat on the table. Yeah, it’s more work but worth it. A little woods craft does wonders.

Caststeel on August 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

If and I do hope……..we take a majority in either or both the house and senate, would somebody see what they can do about removing that ass clown Steele? I’m just sayin……

J.

JohnnyMojo on August 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Like others here have said I have donated to the individual candidate instead of the RNC and I told them why when they call for donations. This is just politico trying to throw a wet blanket on us. We shouldn’t be too confident, but we also can’t go around saying the sky is falling all the time.

sandee on August 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

This is because the DNC has unlimited funds when Nancy Mussolini gets Congress to pass multi-billion dollar bailouts for unions. Tens or even hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars become DNC funds by way of money laundering through the unions.

It’s not rocket science.

ghost707 on August 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I’ll join the amen chorus here. This headline is irrelevant information. Unlike the Statists, WE are decentralized.

Mojave Mark on August 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Just in case I was obscure, contributions to individual candidates works. And when applied with smarts, works even better.

I’m a big Palin fan but she ain’t runnin in ’10. She is endorsing Victory 2010.

And Steele has a fund for 2012, too.

Michael Steele is NOT a candidate. Once he figured that out, he became more a manager. In that role he is improving.

Caststeel on August 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Other posters have stated the exact reality of the RNC – in that it is practically worthless.

Donating directly to the candidate of your choice is the way to go.

ghost707 on August 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Fire Steele.

jbtripp on August 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Never underestimate the GOP’s ability to f**k things up.

angryed on August 21, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Help me understand this bit folks; the GOP once had four times the money as the Dems and were soundly beaten by them, so that means now that they have far less than the Dems that means that the Dems won’t beat them even worse?
Look, campaign money by the right, will never be enough to match the billions of dollars in free advertising every night on ABC, CBS etc,or the blogs,offer for free or the big buck boys trying to avoid a GM type takeover, the sum effect of a million leftist movies showing big capitalist are evil, the teachers who passed on without evaluation the eco-lies, the freebie votes from the greedy freeloaders, the anti-God , pro-abortion folks, the gun control freaks, the passivist no war is a good defense groups, the gays, coupled with the handicap of a GOP who hasn’t had a speaker who could or dared to command the mindless masses long enough to educate or at least inspire them, since Reagan. Answering lies and personal attacks on the GOP candidates alone needs billions and the fact is -it’s already too late -people have drawn positions and they don’t look good to me inspite of this ill-considered joy on the right.

Don L on August 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

From AP: “Second, the DNC may be doing well but independent Democratic groups — which the left has relied on to fuel attack ads against Republicans over the last few cycles — are in trouble because rich liberals aren’t ponying up.”

Finally, are the wealthy, the CEO class, and Wall Street waking up to the fact that democratics hate their guts? ‘Please give us money so we can stay in office and pass more legislation to destroy your industry.’

slickwillie2001 on August 21, 2010 at 7:18 PM

RNC. Nope. Not a penny. Scozzaaavafaaaavaaa!

Wolfen on August 21, 2010 at 7:18 PM

The RNC has demonstrated an inability to listen to its party members and be spendthrifts. Why would anyone want to contribute to such tin-eared apparatchiks?

Give directly to candidates you like. Volunteer time and effort on their behalf… changing the way politics runs requires that citizens change the way they approach political choices and politics as a whole. That starts at the bottom, not the top, although it is the top that will get cut off, first, when the base decides it no longer serves a useful function.

Who is better able to decide where money should go? A bunch of big time partiers at the RNC or you? If it is the RNC, then you are disconnecting from your responsibility to helping guide the course of this Nation and leaving it up to others. When you take control of this in your life, you decide without intermediaries.

Welcome to the 21st century.

Centralized parties are going the way of centrally planned economies.

ajacksonian on August 21, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Aahhh….nope…..couldn’t be….Steele is a Republican and Obama is an enemy of everything that defines America…they have nothing in common, absolutely nothing……wait…….NFW……please its not that obviuos….is it?

BEHOLD THE MIND NUMBING POWER OF PIGMENT….just doin’ the math!

dmann on August 21, 2010 at 9:22 PM

I used to be a member of the RNC. I know I was because they sent me a cute little membership card every year, I guess because I sent them money. Frequently.

But several years back the Republicans (especially Senate Republicans) started acting like Democrats. The issue that particularly annoyed me was the full-throated support of amnesty by Graham, McCain and certain other Senate Republicans. That annoyance was compounded by the always dependable “marching in lockstep with Democrats” support from Snowe, Collins & Specter (sure there are/were others but these idiots are/were the “stars”).

So I thought, “Screw it. I’m not going to send my campaign contributions to the RNC where they distribute them to weasels. They can drop dead.”

Well that was then and this is now. I no longer get a cute little RNC membership card. Instead I send my money to those candidates that I believe are aligned with conservative values and principles. And I’m not so annoyed anymore.

trapeze on August 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

THIS times hundreds of thousands of us who are doing the same thing.

karenhasfreedom on August 21, 2010 at 9:37 PM

In relative terms, that’s not that bad.

ButterflyDragon on August 21, 2010 at 10:05 PM

People are donating to candidates, not the RNC. I’m fine with that.

Ronnie on August 21, 2010 at 10:21 PM

9 pieces of political junk mail all wanting donations, of which 4 were for sharon angle, all in today’s mail.

karenhasfreedom on August 21, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I know that the beltway elite RINOS are very upset about this, bless their hearts.

Poor dears haven’t gotten a penny out of me since they started putting most of their money into people that would be Democrats if they would be honest.

But I HAVE donated probably four times as much as usual to the few candidates across the nation who espouse the same values that I do.

So, I wouldn’t worry too much about the good people being short of campaign funds, despite the RNC being nearly broke.

And hey, all they need to do is find five more ‘Rupert Murdochs’ and they can double their cash in days.

LegendHasIt on August 22, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Until the RNC stops thinking like this, I’ll continue to send my money elsewhere. Pea brains, all of ‘em!

OhioCoastie on August 22, 2010 at 12:49 AM

The RNC deserves the cut in donations after all they have squandered.
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The real problem is that our big lead is national, and in the individual races we will win those that would be close in a normal year going away, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we can actually beat the normally “safe” Dems.
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In the long run, the key is the gubernatorial and state legislative races. It’s redistricting time, and power over that can have a lasting effect.

Adjoran on August 22, 2010 at 4:51 AM

Maybe they haven’t noticed but the people don’t like the republicans either. We are taking this party back.

And there it is. Behold the power of the internet. We can make our own decisions about where to send our money.

humdinger on August 22, 2010 at 9:16 AM

We can’t beat the fundraising of a party exclusively funded by those who make 10 million dollars or more for a few weeks of work (actors). Just gotta use the money smarter.

Speedwagon82 on August 22, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Make no mistake: there’s a civil war raging within the party. I couldn’t be more proud of conservatives for boycotting the RNC. The RNC and many of the state parties are run by soulless hacks who pander to conservatives to get their money and countless hours of volunteer service and then stab them and their values in the back.

Outlander on August 21, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Amen!!

I refuse to donate to the RNC simply because they say all the right conservative words but then they endorse issues that go against the very conservatives they are asking money from.

Until the RNC gets its act together, I refuse to give them money. So, I donate to individual campaigns and Mitt Romney’s PAC.

Conservative Samizdat on August 22, 2010 at 11:33 AM

This GREAT NEWS!!!!
It’s all about decentralization folks! The RNC is way too plugged into the beltway for my tastes, so my money and time go local. I’m convinced that if the complex of ideas that I hold as “America” is going to survive, it will be because massive numbers of individuals and groups that share a common set of ideas dominates the centralized organizers.
Look, either it works from the bottom up or it doesn’t work at all…PERIOD!

Lew on August 22, 2010 at 11:53 AM

RNC? The dudes are sending out fundraising letters that require a signature. My mailman is a flaming Marxist and I now expect more than half my stuff to be in the sewer.

They can’t help me with anything in my interest and the guys here taught me to donate to candidates. not parties.

Sorry, Mike.

IlikedAUH2O on August 22, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Because it does matter to some extent where the money goes. Different entities perform different functions. If they didn’t, there’d be just one group — the Republican Party — and all money would be sent there and divvied up.

Allahpundit on August 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

This is true and that is the problem

There is no indication the RNC will lobby for my interests.

I do not consider the Minutemen to be vigilantes, and I do not consider illegal aliens to be immigrants. That is just one issue.

I do not consider pretending there is consumer safety protection on foreign produced goods, in the name of global enterprise, to be in my interest. The RINO side has no interest in country of origin labeling (and neither do the DEMs)

There is no indication the RNC has reformed, or that Steele is anything more than a figurehead. I can’t front a figurehead. I know I can’t front a RINO to lobby for me

Plus, they hate the guts of people like me

entagor on August 23, 2010 at 8:40 AM