November 2nd, 2010
06:15 PM ET
8 years ago

RGA spends more than $100 million in '10

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association announced Tuesday that it spent $102 million in the midterm elections and an additional $12.5 million on the 2009 governors' races in New Jersey and Virginia.

The RGA fundraising figures, if we are to believe them and we have no reason not to, demonstrate what we already knew: the organization became a dominant political player in this election cycle after its chairman, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, was forced to step down. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour stepped in and took the RGA's reins in June 2009 after Sanford admitted to having an extra-marital affair.

Over the past 24 hours, the RGA has been issuing memos detailing its political activity and this afternoon released its financial expenditures for the 2010 elections. A significant bullet point the RGA highlighted is that it invested $1 million or more in 21 states.

There are 37 gubernatorial races on the line Tuesday with Democrats defending 19 seats with Republicans trying to hold on to 17 seats (CNN categorizes Florida as being held by an independent after Gov. Charlie Crist left the GOP earlier this year). The Rothenberg Political Report () predicts Republicans will pick up between five to seven seats.

The RGA's fundraising prowess will only help fuel speculation that Barbour will seek the Republican presidential nomination as well as make RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers a hot commodity heading into 2012.

Filed under: 2010 • RGA
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Those "secret donors" better not be recipients of taxpayers bailout money that they've been holding onto and not hiring or stimulating the economy and now using it to support Republicans.

    November 2, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. jim

    Claudia - Remember that it is not only republicans that accept and spend money from anonymous donors.

    How about the democrats? What did they spend? Seems like an incomplete article.

    November 2, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. bill

    all of the campaign money should go to the deficit and the u.s. would be in better shape

    November 2, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Sgttgs

    So the GOP complains about the deficit and how much it is going to cost us the tax payers. Isn't it funny that they (GOP) goes out and spends this much money on lies, smear tatics and more lies. Lets continue with George's tatics of Scare the American people. We spent the last 2 years doing nothing for the american people, after we spent 8 years of turning our once great nation into the nation of whinny cry babies and selfish bullies. Well after tonight you (republicans) will gain some seats and than the next 2 years you can whine some more, lie some more and nothing will change. But after all most of you (Congressman & Senators) are millionaries what does any of this matter to you?

    November 2, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. khairul islam

    Stop spending money on nonsense ad

    November 2, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. pw

    The republican that is running for governor in maryland is losing. People in maryland didn't forget that he raise their electricity bills by 72 percent in 2005.

    November 2, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |