April 1st, 2010
12:06 PM ET
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RGA assures donors their contributions are safe

The Republican National Committee is coming under fire from social conservatives for picking up the tab at a risqué Los Angeles nightclub.
The Republican National Committee is coming under fire from social conservatives for picking up the tab at a risqué Los Angeles nightclub.

Atlanta (CNN) – The Republican Governors Association delivered a not-so-blunt message to donors Thursday: your contributions are safe with us.

The RGA emphasized this point just as the Republican National Committee is coming under fire from social conservatives for picking up the tab at a risqué Los Angeles nightclub.

“The smart money is with the RGA this year,” Nick Ayers, executive director of the RGA, said in a statement announcing the organization’s latest fundraising numbers. “We are receiving a record number of donations from supporters at all levels because they are confident in our strategy and know we will win back a majority of governorships this November.”

Ayers’ statement comes less than 24 hours after Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, urged conservatives to redirect contributions to the council’s political arm or just give directly to candidates who champion like-minded goals. And other social conservative leaders have questioned RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s stewardship of the committee.

While the RGA and RNC both have the same goal of electing Republicans, there is always competition to tap into the same pool of contributors. The 2010 midterm elections will be especially important at the state level as governors play an important role in redistricting.

RGA spokesman Mike Schrimpf did not deny that a message was being sent.

“The RGA picked up two governorships last year and is the first GOP committee to make net gains since the end of 2006,” Schrimpf said. “There is no doubt that we are in a position to make even more gains this year. We’ve always said the Republican Party would best be rebuilt at the state level and our donors agree.”

UPDATE: RNC spokesman Doug Heye highlighted the financial resources the RNC put into last year’s elections and noted the committee will do more in the midterm elections.

“The RNC remains focused on raising the money necessary to fund victory programs in key states as we move forward to November,” Heye said. “Last year, the committee spent $9M in Virginia, $3M in New Jersey and gave $2M to each of the national party committees to help ensure electoral success. We look forward to providing more funding in the future.”


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. marty43

    Right – today is April 1 – April fool day !

    April 1, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Larry

    We know. The donated money goes safely into the pockets of the people who run the RNC.

    Steele is a joke, and so is the Republic party for that matter.

    April 1, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Donal

    Michael Steele and the Republicans are the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human beings I've ever known in my life.

    April 1, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Patriot

    To Donors to the RNC;

    Please make sure that all future donations are made in single dollar bills.

    Thanks,
    Michael Steele

    April 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. shucks

    Mr. Steele doesn't look so happy in this piece. I'm wondering who he goes to for forgiveness? Rush Limbaugh? LOL

    April 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    Nick Ayers?

    Like Bill Ayers?

    Sorry no deal, terrorist.

    (Just using a little TEA Party-style logic)

    April 1, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. frank in valparaiso indiana

    Indiana doesn't have any good lesbian bondage clubs. Mitch has to just show a video of the legislature in action with popcorn. Which really sucks, but hey, its Indiana. Luckily he's a lame duck.

    April 1, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. cjsks

    I'm a moderate Democrat, but I really hope the RNC gets rid of Steele and comes up with a responsible/ethical leader who conveys a unifying message.

    Otherwise, they're one step closer to the "Tea Party" taking control of the Repulican agenda. If that happens, Democrats are gonna be in the majority for a long time... and it may sound strange coming from a Democrat, but I don't necessarily see that as a good thing.

    We need a solid Republican party that represents mainstream Republican Americans... not these wing-nut, know-nothings on the far right.

    April 1, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Repugnants are the US Taliban

    Sure their contributions are safe and each and every Repugliban is a Rhodes scholar, notice this was put out on April Fools Day, in other words if you believe it you are a FOOL!

    April 1, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Fairfax Patriot

    Yep, really safe since out of the $115M raised for the November election, Steele has spent $107M. Maybe he can fiqure out to have oversight of the remaining 7%.

    Now there is an Aprils Fool's joke.

    April 1, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. al in memphis

    The Republican Governors Association delivered a not-so-blunt message to donors Thursday: your contributions are safe with us.
    __________________________________________________

    Contributions are real money, it's not like tax-payers money that we gave away to corporations,bank bail outs, incentives for company to move job overseas. Beside, the more donations, the more damaging ads we can run, and the less time we have to spend coming up with real solutions.

    April 1, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Donatella

    You idiots go right ahead and trust you hard earned money with Michael "the token" Steele if you want to, it will probably end up in somebody's g-string before all is said and done. LOL!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    Yup, these are the people I want running the country!

    I mean they can't even run their own organization but I'm sure when you vote Republican it won't be the same ones as last time.

    I mean look at everything that has changed with Republicans......

    Oh wait, don't look at the facts. Go to Fox News to see "real" Republicans.

    April 1, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "RGA assures donors contributions are safe" belongs right up there with:

    "I'll still respect you in the morning"
    "The check is in the mail"
    and
    " I love my mother-in-law" (Oh wait that one was personal! )

    Puleeeze!

    April 1, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. hongli

    The RGA is a bunch of PORN LOVERS,MONEY and GIFT-GRABBERS,LIARS and RACISTS.

    April 1, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    Republicans are telling the truth about your money being safe. Money donated by their donors is safe with the party until about 10PM Friday night. Party time. On Monday morning the donors can call in to see what balance remains of their donation. The Party really does have to bring those Young Republicans along. LOL

    April 1, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Vet

    Oh my, Michael did you really think they like you, Obama you are not. Now they have an excuse to hide behind their true feelings about people who look like you. Like the right wing most hated person Rev. Wright said, "The chickens have come home to roost".

    April 1, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Donatella

    It's just a matter of time before the tea baggers come with their burning pitchforks and chase this token out of there, how can you stay where you are not wanted.

    April 1, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    Steele – resign while you are ahead!!!

    The RNC "spent $9M in Virginia, $3M in New Jersey and gave $2M to each of the national party committees.."

    That's it!!!!! the "party committees" are the members who thougth the money was for PARTIES – Racy and Otherwise!!! LOL

    April 1, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Mesa Mick

    You can stick a fork in the RNC and Steele – They are both done....

    April 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Navy Vet

    Let’s see, they spend more than they take in on luxury hotels, private jets, restaurants and gifts of the elite and strip clubs.

    Your money is safe alright, safely spent.

    April 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    NOW can we all just agree that Mushmouth is slightly retarded? This isnt' a party-line issue...it's a matter of the man's mental health!

    April 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Gil Oberdas

    Any contributor to the RNC must have lost their minds! we can all meet at the sex club later and discuss it!

    April 1, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Dale

    It's safe ... because if you can't trust strippers to take care of money, who can you trust?

    April 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Citizen disgusted with career politicians

    Your donations are always safe when fiscally liberal Repugs spend them at sex clubs without donors' consent. Thanks Mr. Steele for your unprecented (lack of) leadership.

    April 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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