Condoleezza Rice to raise cash for GOP women
June 25th, 2012
10:33 AM ET
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Condoleezza Rice to raise cash for GOP women

Washington (CNN) – Condoleezza Rice will host her first Washington, D.C. fund-raiser Monday night in support of ShePAC, a super PAC focused on supporting Republican women.

Former Secretary of State Rice will lead a private briefing for GOP women serving in the House and Senate, a larger briefing for members and deliver remarks to a general reception, according to an adviser to the PAC.

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"Though the population of the United states is 51% female, Republican women hold only 5.5% of our Congressional seats," the group's co-chairs and treasurer wrote in an email to supporters announcing their first fund-raiser. "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is joining our efforts to change that percentage by helping us support Republican women."

ShePAC launched in February with the goal of electing conservative women across the country. They received national attention earlier in the year for an online video, "Bill Maher: Obama's Million Dollar Man," which they used to subsequently raise thousands of dollars.

The 29 GOP women currently serving in Congress were invited to Monday's events. The confirmed attendees include Senate candidates Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Heather Wilson of New Mexico and Sarah Steelman of Missouri. House candidates Martha Zoller of Georgia, Lisa Wilson-Foley of Connecticut, Karen Harrington of Florida, Wendy Rogers of Arizona, Kim Vann of California, Nancy Jacobs of Maryland, Faith Loudon of Maryland, Leah Campos-Schandlbauer of Arizona, Maria Sheffield of Georgia and Jason Love, representing his wife Mia Love of Utah will also attend, according to the adviser.

Monday's events follow Rice's appearance at a Mitt Romney presidential campaign retreat over the weekend. Although the former top diplomat in the administration of former President George W. Bush does not often play politics publicly, many attendees at the Utah gathering called Rice's speech to the group a highlight of the weekend.

Chuck Cobb, a former ambassador to Iceland, called Rice "spectacular."

"She's just a very bright, sophisticated, articulate lady," Cobb said.

Roughly 700 Romney donors and fund-raisers at the Park City, Utah resort were treated to panel discussions, speeches and a strategy briefing from Romney and his staff.

- CNN Political Reporter Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Condoleezza Rice • Republicans
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. mdn

    With that face she should call it ShemalePAC.

    June 25, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    From Sarah Palin to former Sec. of State Condi Rice, there's a lot wrong with this picture. No wonder there are so many who say they don't want the job, not after that Palin pick. LOL

    June 25, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. LEK

    Dr. Rice has just proven that anyone can be bought at a price. She is indeed smart, talanted, and an inspiration to young women around the world; however, to buy off into the republican philosophy is beyond belief. She was played by GWB and his VP; and here she is again for another dose, only to be played by someone who she is clearly smarter than. Dr. Rice, get off this bus–it's headed in the wrong direction. She should follow Former Secretary of State C. Powell's lead and steer clear of the "crazies"; We see you.

    June 25, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. zisee

    Good for you Condi.

    June 25, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Peniah

    This just doesnt sell!

    June 25, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Daveinil

    What will be a real surpise to the liberal left is when Colin Powell joins Rice in supporting Romney over the boy wonder.

    June 25, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Pete

    Why don't she auction herself off to someone for donations,I heard that a cannablistic dictator somewhere in Africa has the hots for her.Maybe a future hubby,if she's not married already,ya never know what goes on in politicians lives do ya!!!

    June 25, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. nolimits3333

    In 2011 over 600 anti choice bills were introduced at the state level by Republicans.

    From the Center for Reproductive Rights' 2010-11 annual report:

    "The Center is hard-pressed to cite a time in the last twenty years that can rival - in volume and in severity - this most recent period of anti-woman, anti-child, and anti-health legislative action in the United States."

    June 25, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. nolimits3333

    If a woman could register her uterus as a corporation, Republicans would have no interest in regulating it.

    June 25, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Investment Advisor

    @mdn...Nice comment! What has this picture got to do with the accomplishments this woman has secured? Perhaps you might put a picture of yourself for us to view and we can give you our thoughts. Stick to the core of the story and grow up if you can.

    June 25, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Marry

    Condoleezza Rice is just as Carl Rowe and Dick Cheney a very smart person – nobody doubts that. But she is also like many others in the GOP a very evil person, void of any ethical thinking that grabbed the chance to be “important”. Because of her greed and power-hungry personality she aided and justified decisions that cost thousands their live, their health, their families, their friends, their sanity, their homes…and the list what was done with her help in the Bush Administration to people is long! (Not even mentioning "MONEY" wasted in these adventures)
    People really forget so fast??? Everyone can see – the same principles that governed the Bush Administration are with Romney back again (this time Iran and Russia). It is shameful that they even try… Yes, people that vote for a future and pain and waste like that should be very ashamed of themselves!!!

    June 25, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Pete

    Wait till Michelle Obama goes out for democratic women and men,watch out,she's the darling of citizens everywhere.They'll forget ole Rice,she'll be old news if Mrs.Obama gets going,cha ching,that's all you'll hear from donors all over this country when she speaks,even more popular than her hubby,that's a fact republicans don't want to face donor wise!She could outraise all the republicans all by herself,nice ha!!!

    June 25, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Core republican Values

    Ouch. Why would a woman want to support the GOP?

    Ms. Rice, a clever strategist, has always done whatever was in her best interests. Fair enough. But to sell out her entire gender (not to mention her race) by campaigning for republicans is more than a little pathetic.

    June 25, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Christopher of Oregon

    At LEK, "Dr. Rice has been proven that anyone can be bough at a price" , really? What would you say about the Michelle Obama and Barack Obama? They campaign too and went to fund raising? So, the Obama's are the same too as you've said. I would say, and EYE for an EYE - be careful with words because it will come back firing you.
    Ms. Rice is no ordinary woman, she is a great role model to all women with brains, courage and strength.

    June 25, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. ChristopherM

    I'm surprised women have as much as 5.5% of Republican congressional seats. Why would women want to join a party that controls their wombs and thinks they should be allowed to be paid less money for the same work as a male colleague? If the GOP actually wanted more women working in their party, they should stop treating them like children.

    June 25, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Bootstomper

    Lost all respect for her when she spoke at mitts barbecue, I'll bet she was the only person of color there. Except for the servants.

    June 25, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Wake up people

    Who really cares??

    June 25, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Max Lowe

    Condi addressed congress saying Iraq had aluminum tubes that could be transformed into centerfuges for processing nuclear material for weapons, knowing full welll they were not made for that purpose, preceeding Georges infamous 'mushroom clooud' remarks. Thanks Condi. You should hide somewhere forever for enabling that war as should Colin Powell. And now you work for a party that can only manage female representation at one tenth what it should be. Really? do you not get the irony..

    June 25, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Rosslaw

    It would be much more helpful if she would undergo the kind of invasive, non-medically related, republican sharia law requirements legislated at the state levels whereby she has an "ultrasound" insert in her vagina-and have it filmed. I'm sure it would go a long way convincing women that republican men who legislate these kind of depraved laws are not as truly sick as their law-making suggests.

    June 25, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Contribute Something, Won't You

    LEK – someone believing in a Republican/Conservative philosophy is beyond belief and has been bought? Hmm...so roughly half the population is crazy and has been paid to do it...are you expecting to be taken seriously now?

    You know not of which you speak –

    Very impressed and always have been with Condoleeza, a great role model...

    June 25, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Of course like many other of the Bush administration's senior people, she will not be traveling outside the borders of the United States to do that. That whole torture thing will come back to bite all them eventually, or at least we can all hope so!

    June 25, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. JohnReedjr

    If Condi is aligning herself with this edition of the republic Tea Party, she will doom her chances for higher political. This Ultra-Conservative fringe of the party cannot hold power for long because it's policies, once through the rhetoric, are truly untenable.

    June 25, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Aroz

    Women of the SS.

    June 25, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Norm

    My goodness.....the cesspool Foxtards are here to stay aren't they.

    June 25, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Jim Hahn

    I'm still puzzled as to how an intelligent woman can call herself a Republican. She'll end up voting against her own heath care and ensure that other people, mostly men, make abortion decisions for her. Puzzled as to why a woman would do that to herself.

    June 25, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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