Romney kicks in $3 million to NRCC, NRSC

posted at 8:41 am on August 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How well has Mitt Romney’s fundraising proceeded?  So well that he’s willing to share the wealth:

Romney’s biggest grossing committee last month steered at least $3 million to boost GOP congressional candidates who will share the ballot with him, according to finance reports filed last week.

Romney Victory, a joint fundraising committee set up by Romney’s campaign and the Republican National Committee, on the last day of July transferred $1.5 million each to the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The July transfers, reported here for the first time, were revealed in the congressional committees’ latest Federal Election Commission reports. They helped both committees outraise their Democratic competitors – the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Contrast this with Barack Obama’s own refusal to redistribute funds raised by the partnership between his campaign and the DNC:

Obama’s campaign had transferred money to the Democratic committees in 2008 and 2010, but has yet to do so this year, despite pleas from top Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Reid and Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). They and other lawmakers have implored Obama’s campaign both to transfer at least $10 million to the Party’s congressional campaign arms and also not to max out wealthy donors.

The reluctance of Obama to heed such requests – and Romney’s willingness to make such transfers – is another in a series of troubling signs on the money front for Democrats.

Actually, the reticence of Obama didn’t start when the fundraising deficit between the Obama and Romney campaigns began three months ago.  In March, Politico reported that Obama had already made up his mind to be stingy with the two Democratic congressional committees:

President Barack Obama has a bleak message for House and Senate Democrats this year when it comes to campaign cash: You’re on your own.

Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have privately sought as much as $30 million combined from Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee — a replay of the financial help they received from Obama in 2008 and 2010.

But that’s not going to happen, top Obama aides Jim Messina and David Plouffe told Reid and Pelosi in back-to-back meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the high-level talks. It was a stark admission from a presidential campaign once expected to rake in as much as $1 billion of just how closely it is watching its own bottom line.

Messina and Plouffe told the two Hill leaders that there would be no cash transfers to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from OFA or the DNC, at least not before Election Day, the sources said.

I’d guess that the fundraising problems had already become apparent by March, but not the risk of getting so thoroughly beaten on that front.  They certainly knew that Team Obama couldn’t count on parity on the super-PAC front, but everyone assumed that the Obama campaign would at least keep pace with the Romney campaign, if not outraise them.  Instead, despite Barack Obama having conducted a record number of fundraisers, far outstripping George W. Bush’s 2003-4 number months ago, Team Obama is more than $60 million behind at the end of last month.

The move is also interesting for another reason.  Those conservatives who are less than enthused by a Romney candidacy have pledged to work for a Republican majority in the Senate and stronger majority in the House to keep Romney on the conservative policy path.  As this donation shows, Romney seems to be in complete agreement with them.  He also seems a lot more confident than Team Obama in the most solid measure of all — putting its money where its mouth is.


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The move is also interesting for another reason. Those conservatives who are less than enthused by a Romney candidacy have pledged to work for a Republican majority in the Senate and stronger majority in the House to keep Romney on the conservative policy path.

Well, everyone except for Mike Huckabee.

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 8:43 AM

In contrast, Obama has been a skinflint with other Democrats.

WannabeAnglican on August 27, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Once again proving Blightbringer is “all about me”.

hillsoftx on August 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Total war. All out push. Every seat.

Abby Adams on August 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

BUYING THE ELECTION!! OMG!! We need ABC’s Ross on this one stat!

abobo on August 27, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Heh. This is awesome. Barry’s going to go all kinds of prissy face over it.

BettyRuth on August 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Great move, project confidence of his own campaign, and materially help with the battle to control the senate.

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

…WHAT?…you mean Ann Romney is not requesting that all school children send in their daily lunch money…in lieu of eating lunch…to the most important election campaign of their lives?

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM

…ABR people have just now all soiled their shorts!

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Total war. All out push. Every seat.

Abby Adams on August 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

This!!!!!!

nwsseeker on August 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

“At some point, you’ve made enough money”- Barak Obama.

Guess he has not yet reached it.

kringeesmom on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

This move put even more spotlight on

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-calls-money-shortage-critical_650857.html

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

We MUST Support Gary Johnson to prevent Mitt’s control of hte US Government!

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Those conservatives who are less than enthused by a Romney candidacy have pledged to work for a Republican majority in the Senate and stronger majority in the House to keep Romney on the conservative policy path. As this donation shows, Romney seems to be in complete agreement with them

This has always been my thought, Mitt will slide if we let him slide. But I don’t doubt he would sign just about anything that came by his desk. That way he gets the best of both worlds, something I am sure he enjoys. For example, say a bill shows up on his desk:

Left leaning bill: This goes against my party, but it is the will of the people! Therefore I must begrudgingly sign it into law.

Right leaning bill: This goes against my principals, but it is the will of the people. Therefore I must begrudgingly sign it into law.

Gatsu on August 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

President Barack Obama has a bleak message for House and Senate Democrats this year when it comes to campaign cash: You’re on your own.

that’s what happened to House members in 2010 races too when it came to presidential campaign stops. BHO had no coattails for his D peeps, and this year has no coin.

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Eh. I’d rather they’d poured it into WI or one of the toss-up states. But, it does contrast nicely with Obama’s campaign. I understand Romney reimburses venues for the costs of hosting his events, too, while Obama sticks them with the tab. His presidency in a nutshell, really.

changer1701 on August 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM

He also seems a lot more confident than Team Obama in the most solid measure of all — putting its money where its mouth is.

true dat

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Indeed bayview

cmsinaz on August 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Not to worry, Messrs. Vladimir Putin and Xu Jintao will find a way to ensure that American government retains maximum flexibility. Fifteen brand-new anonymous credit cards have been issued during the take it took you to read this message.

Archivarix on August 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Not to worry, Messrs. Vladimir Putin and Xu Jintao will find a way to ensure that American government retains maximum flexibility. Fifteen brand-new anonymous credit cards have been issued during the take time it took you to read this message.

Archivarix on August 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

FIFM

Archivarix on August 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Instead, despite Barack Obama having conducted a record number of fundraisers, far outstripping George W. Bush’s 2003-4 number months ago, Team Obama is more than $60 million behind at the end of last month.

Oh, we’ve got plenty of money alright, it just so happens to be deeply seated in Pookie’s couch cushions at the moment.

/Team BHo

ted c on August 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

We MUST Support Gary Johnson to prevent Mitt’s control of hte US Government!

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Daily Paul is that way ——————–>

onetrickpony on August 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

This Romney guy seems really good at raising money. It’s almost like he knows what he’s doing.

/s

Go RBNY on August 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I guess the Dems have figured out that you can’t spend more than you take in….unless of course you’re spending the taxpayer’s money.

BillyRuffn on August 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM

We MUST Support Gary Johnson to prevent Mitt’s control of hte US Government!

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Daily Paul is that way ——————–>

onetrickpony on August 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Neo-Con, Mittbot…

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

This is a theme with Dear Liar. He doesn’t help out his own family – whether his half-brother George, living in a shack in Kenya, or his aunt in Boston.

Besides, he doesn’t think Congress is relevant anymore.

rbj on August 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Romney knows where to focus his money. Plus he knows Karl Rove and others will do almost the same thing. He also knows he needs a majority in both the House and Senate or Nothing Will Get Done. Harry Reid has Got to Go.

RADIOONE on August 27, 2012 at 9:22 AM

OT

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/christie_had_veeping_doubts_b1gkN5io8CtDgcuiuEgMqL

This is a cock and bull story. Christie had just denied the story with some colorful languages. Would seriously doubt Romney had considered Vgistie as the first choice as running mate.

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 9:25 AM

The move is also interesting for another reason. Those conservatives who are less than enthused by a Romney candidacy have pledged to work for a Republican majority in the Senate and stronger majority in the House to keep Romney on the conservative policy path. As this donation shows, Romney seems to be in complete agreement with them. He also seems a lot more confident than Team Obama in the most solid measure of all — putting its money where its mouth is.

I am very, very pleased by this news!

ITguy on August 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Hoping that as soon as he gets the nomination, he mentions that, when elected, he will serve his term for $1.00/year.

Then watch the lefty heads explode.

petefrt on August 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

…ABR people have just now all soiled their shorts!

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Not to worry, they got used to bring a spare pair, as much beating as they took lately, with Romney leading in most swing states and all…..heck, they might as well just wear Depends till the election or else they’re going to be one stinky bunch :)…

jimver on August 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM

We MUST Support Gary Johnson to prevent Mitt’s control of hte US Government!

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Daily Paul is that way ——————–>

onetrickpony on August 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Neo-Con, Mittbot…

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Paulista nubjob, heh, color me surprise….

jimver on August 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Neo-Con, Mittbot…

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Funny thing is that I’m a former big-time Paul supporter. Go ahead, say I was never fully devoted, a sheep, a neo-con, etc, but you’re delusional if you think Gary Johnson has any chance.

onetrickpony on August 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

No worries Dems! The Lightbringer will raise “One billion dollars” for this campaign. After all, he promised you he would.

MTF on August 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM

We MUST Support Gary Johnson to prevent Mitt’s control of hte US Government!

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

We must support a candidate who can win, not a loser like Gary Johnson. But you already knew that didn’t you?

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

rMoney kicking ass and taking names. That’s just the way he rolls.

dczombie on August 27, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Now he’s going to get those annoying fundraising letters every week!

Akzed on August 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Now he’s going to get those annoying fundraising letters every week!

Akzed on August 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Lool :) I know I do ;)…

jimver on August 27, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Messina and Plouffe told the two Hill leaders that there would be no cash transfers to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from OFA or the DNC, at least not before Election Day, the sources said.

In other words, the Jackass-in-Chief has told his disciples, “The party is over. The bucks stop here. Go find your own sheep to fleece.”

rwenger43 on August 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Romney KNOWS how to manage money and he isn’t a greedy man. I think that shows especially in the last 15 years. The media and others can twist it anyway they want too but just because the man has a lot of money – it doesn’t make him greedy. I think this move speaks volumes.

TturnP on August 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Obama is just treating his fellow politicians like he does his extended family-let them fend for themselves….

Don L on August 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Obama doesn’t care about the Democrats at all; look at the massive defeat in 2010!

He pushed through his agenda at the cost of their careers and his party. I have a feeling it’s going to be just as bad this time.

Just as good, actually!

PattyJ on August 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Funny thing is that I’m a former big-time Paul supporter. Go ahead, say I was never fully devoted, a sheep, a neo-con, etc, but you’re delusional if you think Gary Johnson has any chance.

onetrickpony on August 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

…good on you!

We MUST Support Gary Johnson to prevent Mitt’s control of hte US Government!

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM
We must support a candidate who can win, not a loser like Gary Johnson. But you already knew that didn’t you?

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

…I never used to understand that “tinfoil hat thing”…thanks to Hot Air…I do!

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

petefrt on August 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Of course, I don’t think Romney’s under any obligation to do so, but I also think that would be a magnificent gesture.

And yes, I’d also love to see the mainstream reporting this. Would be hilarious to watch them try to find a negative angle…

cs89 on August 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I guess Romney is saying he needs the Congress if elected, unlike the imperial who will implement his destructive efforts by fiat. Unique and so American. Obama hates that.

democratsarefools on August 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Of course, I don’t think Romney’s under any obligation to do so, but I also think that would be a magnificent gesture.

cs89 on August 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Right, no obligation. Absolutely none.

petefrt on August 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I love these stories!!!! I also liked the email The Won sent out to his people saying he can’t campaign as much as he did in 2008. I’d love to see that worked out because I call B.S.. I bet he is not only campaigning equal or more, he’s doing it on the taxpayer’s dime.

Cindy Munford on August 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Obama blasts Romney for only contributing to Republicans, claims Romney is racist for not contributing to his campaign…

kbTexan on August 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM

We MUST Support Gary Johnson to prevent Mitt’s ensure Barky’s control of hte US Government!

JFKY on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Fixed it For Reality. So, you’re either a troll or you’re wearing a tinfoil hat. Which is it?

NOMOBO on August 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

The move is also interesting for another reason. Those conservatives who are less than enthused by a Romney candidacy have pledged to work for a Republican majority in the Senate and stronger majority in the House to keep Romney on the conservative policy path.

Well, everyone except for Mike Huckabee.

Doughboy on August 27, 2012 at 8:43 AM

He said conservatives.

vermillionsky on August 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Why should Obama help? He could play a lot of golf with that money.

COgirl on August 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I hope money is as important as everyone thinks it is.

Rasmussen worries me.

Romney seems to be having a mini surge everywhere but Rasmussen.

I feel great about the direction of the polling, except I keep getting this nagging feeling that something is wrong if Rasmussen is finding different results.

Even ABC and those guys are seeing Romney’s numbers improving, but he is going backwards in Rasmussen.

petunia on August 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM