GOP cash woes threaten fall gains

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by hermit, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. The Republican National Committee is entering the fall election season with dire financial problems and, to an unprecedented degree, will be forced to rely on outside groups to fund activities traditionally paid for by the national party.

    While embattled RNC Chairman Michael Steele and a top aide sought to use the party’s summer meeting here to publicly put the best face on the cash shortage, senior Republicans expressed grave concern behind the scenes that their fundraising deficiencies may be the difference between a good election year and a great one.

    With $11 million on hand at the end of June — and about $2 million in reported debt — the RNC’s paid get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort will be limited to just targeted House races, POLITICO has learned.

    And the committee is only going to be able to spend money on those relatively inexpensive House races, thanks to a $10 million line of credit that was approved at the meeting here. Until then, said one incredulous Republican, there was no money available for paid GOTV activities like mailers and automated phone calls.

    Even with the line of credit, though, the party can’t afford to assist their many gubernatorial and Senate candidates with any dollars for paid voter contact and will have to effectively outsource that operation.

    The expectation — and it’s only that because the party is barred from coordinating with third-party groups — is that the new organizations that have sprung up amid the RNC’s woes will step in to pay for such GOTV efforts in statewide contests.

    Senior Republicans are particularly hopeful that American Crossroads, founded in part by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, is planning to fill the void in turnout funding.

    “You're not going to spend $200,000 on micro-targeting if all you're doing is TV ads,” said one top GOP operative, alluding to the money American Crossroads has spent so far to identify voters.

    POLITICO reported last month that the third-party group has hired veteran Republican strategist Carl Forti to run a micro-targeting effort and, according to a “concept paper,” would spend $15 million on “targeted grassroots advocacy” — paid voter contact.

    The RNC will, though, be able to pay for volunteer GOTV activities for the final three months, such as the costs associated with housing and enabling phone banks, and they already have 285 “Victory” offices to carry out such tasks.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/40772.html
     
  2. But they expect us to believe that they will do better with the nation's finances then their own .
     
  3. Oh please... what about Obama's spending? But that's OK to you because it will provide you with a socialist welfare state?

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  4. You mean like Obama's debt commission? Feel free to explain this one to us so when know what to believe from you very smart people:

    Irony Alert: Debt Commission is Running Out of Money
    Posted June 5th, 2010 at 2:00pm

    In an ode to irony, The Fiscal Times reports that President Obama’s Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (more popularly known as the “debt commission”) is running out of money:

    • President Obama’s bipartisan fiscal commission is operating on a shoestring budget and some panel members and lawmakers worry that it may run short of money.

      The 18-member commission faces the daunting challenge of coming up with proposals by Dec. 1 to tame the federal government’s trillion-dollar budget deficit. But the panel’s own budget is only $500,000, barely enough to cover office rent and the salaries of four staff members.

      And though the White House and Treasury have loaned the panel experts from their own payrolls, and several think tanks are helping as well, the total full-time staff currently is only about 15 people and not expected to exceed 20. Money is so tight that the commission recently abandoned hopes of holding field hearings around the country to gather views from outside of Washington.
     
  5. Hey hypocrite... how about the democraps ramming major legislation that will control a huge slice of the economy down Americans' throats without even reading it? Is that responsible? Or is that OK because it forwards Obama's socialist welfare state agenda?

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  6. PLENTY of money for exorbitant vacations, though:

    http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&postid=2917132#post2917132
     
  7. How is a under-funded govt commission a bad thing in a right wingers book?
     
  8. The hypocrite-in-chief's flip-flop on commissions:

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