April 1st, 2010
12:06 PM ET
4 years ago

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. Steph

    Your donations will be safely placed in the gstrings of "dancers". How are those family values workin' for ya?

    April 1, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Victim of GOP Taliban

    I highly doubt it.

    April 1, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Julie

    That is l ike have the fox guard the hen house. I hope the donors are not that foolish to trust them with thier money.

    April 1, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Chas in Iowa

    And having a majority of Governors being part of the GOP is good for,........?

    April 1, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. R.B.

    This is the real GOP April Fool's joke. Your money is safe with us.

    April 1, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. RTB

    Here we go again.

    Famous last words "your funds are safe with us", or better yet "trust me".

    April 1, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Other than spending donors funds at stripe clubs and who knows where else, no need to ask the question what have the GOP done for you lately.

    April 1, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. FL Voter

    April Fools!

    Just as the entrusted funds were "safe" at the RNC Voyeur Club, Hawaii convention, exatravagant expenses, RPOF credit cards, secret salaries, etc.

    Oh sure, the GOP expects donors to keep giving gullible money to these sanctimonious elitists/hypocrites, because Republicans have miraculously changed....since yesterday. Give me a break.

    April 1, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Mickey, NY

    Yeah, SURE they are, Steele...sure they are...

    Buh-bye, Mr. Steele...We;ll see you making an ass of yourself on FauxNews very soon, just like Bailin' Palin.

    April 1, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Tommy P

    So what will my money get me? More party of no tactics? More help for the rich while my needs are ignored? More wars declared on countries for made up reasons? More hypocritical behavior? Please, Steele, tell me whatmy hard earned money will get me if I use it on Republican candidates?

    April 1, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Diana

    Rats are starting to jump ship. I see even Sarah Palin doesn't want to be associated with them. When she doesn't want anything to do with you, you know you've sunk to a new low.

    April 1, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Joe

    Hey, my donation was supposed to be used to make sleazy smear and fear campaign ads! Whatcha doin' spending it on hookers?

    April 1, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Jon

    I'm sure the stripper lobby is pleased with all of the donations to the RGA. Are they coming in one dollar bill at a time?

    April 1, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    RRRrriiiigghhhttt........ and is anyone going to believe these sleaze balls?

    Oh, there are a few... you know who you are, you're the morons who carry tea bags around and don't know what Socialism, Democracy, representative government or thinking for yourself are.

    April 1, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Ben in Texas

    I suppose TX governor Rick Perry is a member of RGA. With that lunatic around, nothing is safe.

    April 1, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Pragmatic

    Oh? In Florida, any candidate who switches to the GOP in time for a primary, receives a Republican Party credit card.

    Rubio charged the party $4,000 to fix the family van & $765 to buy a hard drive. As House Speaker, he charged $109,681 to the GOP credit card and repaid about $16,000.

    Do you know what your contribution to the GOP was spent on? Rubio is not the answer to any problem!

    April 1, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Ryan

    Safely in the G-Strings of Strippers!

    April 1, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Dano

    Poor Michael Steele you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time...and have the wrong skin color for the party you want to represent. The GOP is in disarray and they need someone to blame so I'm afraid it's going to be you. I'm quite sure there were excursions to strip clubs paid for before you came along. Maybe previous chairmen were better at covering the scandals up.

    April 1, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Concerned Canadian

    Safe maybe, but wasted nonetheless....

    April 1, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Mark

    Oh our media and its will to bankrupt America

    April 1, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Mr. Nelson, Colorado Springs

    The The Republican Governors Association should know nothing is safe in America especially MONEY. Republican National Committee ( Michael Steel)is coming under fire for picking up the tab at a risqué Los Angeles nightclub. Nothing wrong with having a little fun every now and then.

    April 1, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    That's right. What could be safer than some barechested pole-riding mama cita's g-string while she's guarded by a couple 250lb thugs packing glocks?

    April 1, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Fixed News

    I don't believe you. Birds of a feather flock together.

    April 1, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Crazy Harry

    Safe if you own a strip club.

    April 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Kweso

    The look on Chairman Steele's face resembles that of someone who just got a pink slip.

    April 1, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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