Abandon ship: Major donors flee the RNC

The RNC raised just $7 million from major donors for the midterm elections, one sixth as much as it brought in for the previous midterms, in 2006. By contrast, the Democratic National Committee raised $38 million from large donors for last fall’s midterms, three times as much as for the 2006 elections, according to a Washington Post analysis of donor records.

On Friday, when RNC members gather at National Harbor to select a chairman, they will meet under the shadow of the committee’s finances, which are in worse shape than at any time since the Federal Election Commission began keeping records 35 years ago.

“You can’t even dream of winning in 2012 with that kind of operation,” said John Dowd, a Washington lawyer and longtime RNC donor who decided against contributing in the past two years because of the “mess” at the party. “As long as it’s in that kind of shape, I can’t even think of giving.”