RNC breaks fundraising record in 2015

posted at 8:41 pm on January 27, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

And it’s good news for more than one reason, although the current temperature of the electorate may not appreciate the nuances at the moment. The RNC set a record for off-year fundraising in 2015, chair Reince Priebus announced on Twitter earlier today, with a total haul of $105 million. The party entered 2016 with nearly $19 million in cash, too:

Much of that came from smaller donors, according to The Hill’s sources:

An RNC source told The Hill via email that the party raised $10 million in December, with an average donation of $96.

“The RNC has out-raised the [Democratic National Committee] by roughly $70 million since Jan. 2013 despite not holding White House,” the source said.

The website Open Secrets has a slightly different figure — $95 million for the 2016 cycle, but with a very similar $18.3 million cash-on-hand, and only $1.8 million in debt. It’s possible that OS hasn’t caught up with the final filings for 2015 yet, so don’t take that as a definitive figure quite yet. [Update: An RNC source says that the final report will be filed with the FEC at the end of the month showing $10 million raised in December.] The comparison to the DNC’s performance, however, is still just as stark. In this cycle, the DNC raised far less ($59.9 million) and spent more than it took in ($61.9 million), and has more debt than cash-on-hand ($6.5M/$6.1M).

For that matter, the Democratic Party as a whole has similar woes. The GOP outraised them by five million dollars but have spent almost seven million less, and have an eight million dollar advantage in cash on hand, $60.5M/$52.1M. Democrats have four times as much debt ($18.4M) as Republicans ($4.3M), too. Things may certainly change in 2016, but the RNC and the GOP appear to be in good shape to fight up and down the ticket in this cycle, especially relative to their opponents.

Where has the money gone for the RNC? In part, it has built a ground organization that will exist for the presidential nominee after the convention, built by hard money rather than PACs. Priebus built this system to ensure that the GOP doesn’t get outfought on the ground, especially in key swing states. Part of my book Going Redwhich comes out on April 12, details the effort, the need, and assessments of its effectiveness from those on the ground watching it. Being this far ahead on the financials while having readied this ground-game organization should be a coup for Priebus — assuming the nominee can effectively exploit it.

Here’s a good question: how long will Democrats keep Debbie Wasserman Schultz in charge while the party’s efforts lag further and further behind the GOP?


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Has Priebus made any statements about the Fox News v Trump war…?

d1carter on January 27, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Party time in the islands.

kcewa on January 27, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Has Priebus made any statements about the Fox News v Trump war…?

d1carter on January 27, 2016 at 8:44 PM

The RNC said that they would prefer to have all the candidates at the debate. Not sure ho the spokesman was.

kcewa on January 27, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Why donate to the Democrats when the GOP will just carry out their agenda for them?

rbj on January 27, 2016 at 8:48 PM

not a single dollar that came from me.

wolly4321 on January 27, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Why donate to the Democrats when the GOP will just carry out their agenda for them?

rbj on January 27, 2016 at 8:48 PM

secretly, but obviously more effective. Fifth column, treachery…it’s what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

arnold ziffel on January 27, 2016 at 8:53 PM

The party entered 2016 with nearly $19 million in cash, too:

Too much cash? No worries. Jeb still has some yard signs to put up in New Hampshire.

Lolo on January 27, 2016 at 8:55 PM

1) We care about the nation, not the bloody, traitorous, backstabbing RNC.

2) Blog post seems to be a backdoor plug for Ed’s book.

Right Mover on January 27, 2016 at 8:58 PM

Why donate to the Democrats when the GOP will just carry out their agenda for them?

rbj on January 27, 2016 at 8:48 PM

Avoid the middleman.

bw222 on January 27, 2016 at 8:59 PM

they will probably spend it in attack ads against their front runner.

johngalt on January 27, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Goldman Sachs, Disney and the corn lobby have deep pockets.

V-rod on January 27, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Not one single dime…ever!

trs on January 27, 2016 at 9:02 PM

No story on the terrorists who got into a shootout with the FBI huh? Guess they were the wrong color to push a certain narrative.

Politricks on January 27, 2016 at 9:06 PM

Where has the money gone for the RNC?

To fund the get out the vote effort to get black Democrats to the polls to give Thad Cochran the GOP senate nomination in Mississippi.

bw222 on January 27, 2016 at 9:07 PM

Broke it?

What breaks it is their backing new McCains and Doles and Arnolds.

Limerick on January 27, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Politricks on January 27, 2016 at 9:06 PM

Look at the pages again, if you can read.

Limerick on January 27, 2016 at 9:12 PM

A post highlighting the RNC’s fundraising efforts could be read as a middle finger to a large portion of HA’s readership.

Right Mover on January 27, 2016 at 9:12 PM

If I was a rich leftist, the RNC wouldn’t get all of my political donations. You can’t get more anti-conservative bang for the buck.

Buddahpundit on January 27, 2016 at 9:14 PM

No story on the terrorists who got into a shootout with the FBI huh? Guess they were the wrong color to push a certain narrative.

Politricks on January 27, 2016 at 9:06 PM

…one…trick…pony horses @$$…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 27, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Are they as thoroughly bought as the DNC is?

Athos on January 27, 2016 at 9:20 PM

So fat crony businesses ponied up in advance of Trump thing they were paying for Jeb and the RNC to screw the taxpayers for donations was at an all time high?

I could rewrite this press release in one or more ways..

celt on January 27, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Guess they were the wrong color to push a certain narrative.

Politricks on January 27, 2016 at 9:06 PM

Yup, there are no SJWs screaming about police brutality…

Fallon on January 27, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Most expensive prostitute at the Chamber of Commerce Convention

LegendHasIt on January 27, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Politricks on January 27, 2016 at 9:06 PM

Polly want a cracker?

Not much of a story, because not much of a shootout. If those ‘terrorists’ had actually wanted a shootout, there would have been lots of bodies. Most of those ‘hicks’ can outshoot most of the HRT / SWAT guys.

And there is some semi-credible witness information that the guy who WAS shot by the feds was in a ‘Hands Up – Don’t Shoot’ situation…
Stupidly, he did say previously that he would not be arrested alive, so he blustered his way into death, whether in the end he resisted or not.

LegendHasIt on January 27, 2016 at 9:41 PM

How is this “good news” when the money will be spent destroying the Constitution?

Valiant on January 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM

As long as Dems control Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Miami-Dade a Republican won’t be President. Dems can make up any deficit they need.

Not sure the GOP has figured out causation on all the money they raised. Obama has helped them immensely by being terrible.

goflyers on January 27, 2016 at 10:56 PM

And it’s good news for more than one reason, although the current temperature of the electorate may not appreciate the nuances at the moment.

For that matter, the Democratic Party as a whole has similar woes. The GOP outraised them by five million dollars but have spent almost seven million less, and have an eight million dollar advantage in cash on hand, $60.5M/$52.1M.

So the Democratic/Republican party has a total of 102,600,000 to get their authoritarian politicians elected. How is this good news, again?

Nephew Sam on January 27, 2016 at 11:16 PM

How is this “good news” when the money will be spent destroying the Constitution?

Valiant on January 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM

Thank you

Nephew Sam on January 27, 2016 at 11:17 PM

Why donate to the Democrats when the GOP will just carry out their agenda for them?

rbj on January 27, 2016 at 8:48 PM

Good question

Nephew Sam on January 27, 2016 at 11:17 PM

Hey Polystupid, what does the RNC raising money have to do with your racist bullsh!t anyway???? Go back to to playing Xbox in your underwear……it would also be helpful if you stuck the joystick up your rectum.

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 7:56 AM

My first reaction was to think that all the corporate GOPE types are panicking about Trump and Cruz, so they’re giving away the store to make sure one of their establishment cronies wins.

Then I read the small donor part, and that kind of contradicts my theory.

Given the sheer hatred for the GOP establishment right now, I thought donations from average folks would have completely dried up.

So I don’t know what to make of this.

Good news I guess if they have this big war chest ready and intend to do their job honestly and share it with whomever wins, even if it isn’t their guy. Maybe?

Agent Cooper on January 28, 2016 at 11:36 AM