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February 8, 2016

Fundraising: Boehner Says GOP Needs More From Chairmen

UNITED STATES - JUNE 24: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to the media at the Republican National Committee following the House Republican Conference meeting on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner wants House committee chairmen to ramp up fundraising. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has said he intends to hang on to the reins, and now he is cracking the whip.

Boehner is exerting pressure on top committee chairman to raise more money for the National Republican Congressional Committee as the party tries to win a dozen or more seats in November’s elections.

Boehner has told members affiliated with the NRCC to urge committee and subcommittee chairman to chip in, and he is leading by example. Last week, at a closed-door House Republican meeting at NRCC headquarters, Boehner announced a donation of $1.5 million to the House GOP’s campaign wing with a matching donation from Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. They were joined by Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, who each handed over checks of $1 million to the NRCC.

“I told my colleagues two weeks ago I was all in. And when I’m all in, I’m all in,” Boehner told reporters after the meeting.

Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a former chairman of the NRCC, said many members are not contributing enough money, particularly as the NRCC finds itself down millions of dollars compared with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Boehner, Cole said, has tasked him and others with compelling underperforming chairmen to empty their pockets.

“People that have gavels and get to advance their personal or philosophical agenda have to help maintain the majority,” Cole said. “We’ve got a lot of members that don’t at all. Others are honestly pretty pathetic if you look at the amounts they have in their accounts and the amount they help over to the NRCC.”

Chairmen and members on choice committees have an individualized fundraising bar they are supposed to meet. But some members not hitting their marks is a problem made more dire by the fact that Republicans are losing one of their most prolific fundraisers in Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost a shocking primary election last month.

“Chipping away at the fundraising advantage President Obama has built for Democrats is key to helping win a larger Republican House majority in November,” Boehner spokesman Cory Fritz told CQ Roll Call.

CQ Roll Call reported last week that 90 percent of the members of the Democratic caucus have paid their dues.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Ca., an NRCC regional chairman, said the problem for Republicans is wider than just its chairmen.

He said some rank-and-file members do not contribute at all. That is why he, Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, and others are trying to push a system under which those who do not pay up, do not get to sit on A committees, such as Ways and Means and Appropriations.

“It’s about all the other members who are not stepping up,” Nunes said. “The danger is not about us losing our majority. The sad part will be that we will leave good candidates on the field in November that will go unfunded because of people out here who say they want to stop Obama’s agenda, but in reality they’re only looking out for themselves. That’s got to end.”

A few candidates attended the private meeting last Tuesday, including Rick Allen, a construction company owner who is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. John Barrow in a tight race in Georgia. Allen said the show of fundraising prowess was impressive.

“I’ve never been in a room and raised that much money at once, so it was pretty cool,” he said, exiting the NRCC building.



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  • Brenda Huddleston

    Maybe now that Boehner says “I’m All In”, we might decide to feel better about the Republican Party. He has not been there for a good while and I really hope his eyes are finally on the prize now. Why would anyone want to throw our good and very hard earned money at an “iffy” party. I have said for a long time, when are the Republicans going to decide that enough is enough. Only time will tell if Boehner is really able and willing to do the right thing now.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    The Republican Party has failed the American people, especially the three million unemployed families who are STILL without an unemployment extension of benefits since late last December. While they fought in the senate for their bosses the Koch Brothers pipeline bill, they flatly refused to help the unemployed families needing an extension of benefits. These families over the past six months have fallen deeper and deeper into financial ruin and poverty. Many for whom may never get out. It seems when it comes to Foreign aid and to sending our sons and daughters to war, they can all agree on unanimously, but helping the unemployed, and poor, and disadvantaged, they refuse to help. Now both the Republicans & Democrats have seemingly walked away from the issue, leaving these desperate families to continue struggling on their own. Where is the so called “family values” that the republicans like to claim to represent? They have no “values” or common decency or compassion. They all need to be voted from office in this coming elections. Senator is the “new face: of the republican party, and it’s not a pretty one. He needs to go and his cohorts need to find other jobs.

  • John 8:37 – John 8:44

    Promise kept? Hussein Obama has fundamentally transformed the amount of money owed by the Federal government:

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    Senator John Boehner, and his Republican party, has failed the three million of unemployed Americans without an extension of benefits, since late last December. While he fought tooth & nail in the senate, on behalf of the Koch Brother’s Oil Pipeline bill, he used every tactic available to him, to try to kill the extension bill. Him and his cronies have successfully drove millions of struggling families into financial ruin and deep debt, which many might never recover from. While Billions have been approved for the Ukraine, and more for the defense of Europe, these families are left in financial ruin. Over the past six months more and more of these families are facing homelessness. The Government no longer seems to care. They have walked away from the issue. There has been an intentional lack of media coverage of this crisis, in the hope that it would just go away. How can our government walk away from three million American families like this? It’s shameful

  • Michael Ramirez

    Here we find yet another example of the ongoing ramifications from the violence that blossomed during the Occupy domestic insurrection of 2011:

  • Ama Zohn

    Yet another example of ObamaCare’s murderous reign:

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