How many big donors has the RNC lost in the past year?

According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, at least eight of the RNC’s top individual donors have declined to contribute in the past 14 months, a list that includes Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus and real-estate mogul Harlan Crow. Each of the individuals had a record of contributing thousands to the RNC in past years but since 2009 have chosen to direct their money to the NRSC, National Republican Congressional Committee or individual campaign committees.

Marcus, who did not respond to attempts to contact him, donated $25,000 to the RNC in 2008, but nothing since. In that span he gave $70,000 to the NRSC and $12,500 to the NRCC. Crow gave $27,000 to the RNC in 2008 but nothing after, though he has given almost $90,000 combined to the other two committees. Other donors including telecom tycoon Kenny Troutt and fast food magnate Jason LeVecke followed similar patterns…

“There does appear to be a real issue with the RNC’s discipline and command over its activities and representatives,” said one local Republican consultant who asked not to be identified to speak candidly. “This damaging story could have been avoided if hard dollars weren’t spent to reimburse this guy for the tab … the lesson being you need to have reliable people responsible for planning these events and not just “wing it.” Of course, “winging it” appears to be Steele’s approach to everything.”