Washington (CNN) - Check out the two statements Tuesday night from the Republican Governors Association on the results of the Arizona and Florida GOP gubernatorial primaries. They are very telling.
In reacting to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's overwhelming victory to capture the GOP nomination, RGA Tim Murtaugh said "Through hard work and principled leadership, Governor Brewer has earned a full term as governor of Arizona. After cleaning up a budget mess she inherited from her predecessor, she ably took up Arizona's fight against unwanted, excessive intrusion from Washington, D.C. and intervened when the federal government failed to enforce its own immigration laws. The voters will reward her with a deserved victory in November."
But in his reaction to businessman's Rick Scott's victory over Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Sunshine state's Republican gubernatorial primary, Murtaugh barely mentioned Scott in his statement, only saying that "Intraparty struggles are often difficult to watch, and the contest in Florida has been a good example of that. That said, the primary is over, Rick Scott is the nominee, the general election has begun, and our party now looks forward."
(CNN) – Organizing for America, President Obama's political organization that is now run out of the Democratic National Committee, sent a fundraising email to supporters Thursday that highlights a $1 million donation from News Corp. to the Republican Governors Association.
News Corp. is the parent company of Fox News, an organization the White House has sparred with in the past. In October, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said, "The reality of it is that Fox often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."
That sentiment was echoed in Thursday's fundraising email.
"News Corp. - the parent company of Fox News - just donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, an official organization campaigning against Democrats all over the country this fall," Organizing for America director Mitch Stewart said in the e-mail. "It's one thing to echo Republican talking points and hire Sarah Palin for political 'analysis.' It's another thing to cut those Republicans a seven-figure check to fund their attack ads and robo-calls."
(CNN) - With the knowledge that Fox News' parent company recently cut a $1 million check to the Republican Governors Association, the leader of the Democratic Governors Association is calling on the cable news network to run a "formal disclaimer" when it covers gubernatorial races.
"I request that you add a formal disclaimer to your news coverage any time any of your programs cover governors or gubernatorial races between now and Election Day," DGA executive director Nathan Daschle wrote in the letter to Roger Ailes. "[…]If you do not add a disclaimer, I request that you and your staff members on the 'fair and balanced' side of the network demand that the contribution be returned."
A CNN review of financial contributions made by media corporations showed that the parent companies of CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC have all made at least six-figure contributions to political parties and candidates. But none of them have given one organization so much money relative to its equivalent association on the other side of the aisle.
Read the full letter after the jump:
(CNN) – Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is the target of a new Republican Governors Association ad highlighting the number of jobs that have been lost in the Buckeye State since the Democrat took office in 2007.
The 30-second spot called "Gone" features three office-employees discussing recent Ohio job cuts at large corporations such as NCR, Fischbein and Novelis.
"We lost 400,000 jobs under Strickland," one of the employees says.
"Gotta be a world record," another responds.
Washington (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association reported a blockbuster fundraising haul in the 2nd quarter, raising a total of $18.9 million.
The RGA said Thursday that it has $40 million in cash on hand, and has spent $10 million in political expenditures in 2010.
The 2nd quarter fundraising numbers make it by far the most successful in RGA history. The association reported its previous high-water mark in the 4th quarter of 2009, when it raised $11.9 million.
"The Republican Governors Association has the momentum, message and money needed to make massive gains this November," said RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers in a statement. "From Oregon to Maine, the quality of our candidates combined with our substantial resources put us on offense in a record number of states."
Nikki Haley celebrates her victory in Tuesday's South Carolina runoff. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association wasted no time Tuesday evening congratulating rising GOP star Nikki Haley in her bid to become South Carolina’s first female governor.
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The state lawmaker’s victory over Rep. Gresham Barrett in the GOP runoff “is a testament to her hard work, perseverance and determination,” RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers said in a statement. “Her success ushers in a new era of South Carolina politics, and represents a growing new generation of Republican leaders from across the country. We congratulate her on besting an experienced field of challengers, first capturing the most votes in the primary and then winning the short runoff.”
“We look forward to working with Nikki Haley and her campaign to ensure that she earns a tremendous and well-deserved victory in November,” Ayers added.
In effort to ground Haley’s rising star, Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, slammed the South Carolina Republican and her party.
“National Republicans desperate for a new rising star are prematurely attaching their hopes to Nikki Haley, who has moved so far outside the mainstream that she’s damaged her general election hopes,” Daschle said in a statement.
CNN projects that Haley has beaten Barrett in the GOP runoff. According to vote totals provided by the Associated Press, with 65 percent of precincts reporting, Haley had 158,539 votes or 64.4 percent of the votes reported compared to Barrett's 87,630 votes or 35.6 percent.
Earlier: Haley expected to cruise to GOP nod
(CNN) – In a statement Tuesday, the Republican Governors Association made clear it is backing state Rep. Nikki Haley in the June 22 runoff with Congressman Gresham Barrett.
Republican Governors Association Executive Director Nick Ayers today issued the following statement:
“The voters of South Carolina made a clear choice in Nikki Haley, notwithstanding the possibility of a runoff. The outcome is all but certain.
“Nikki Haley withstood a barrage of innuendoes and slurs in the closing days of the primary season and persevered to the finish with dignity, determination and confidence. Moreover, receiving half of the votes against two other statewide incumbent Republicans and a sitting Congressman speaks volumes of her strength as a candidate and bodes very well for her in the General Election. We congratulate Nikki for her grit and determination.
“Meanwhile, South Carolina Democrats have again served up the same old Washington, D.C.-style solution to any problem: expanded government. Vincent Sheheen promises more regulatory interference, bureaucratic red tape and impediments to free enterprise. Exactly what The Palmetto State does not need.”
(CNN) – Massachusetts gubernatorial hopeful Tim Cahill, an independent, responded Tuesday to a barrage of new ads directed at him by Republicans.
Cahill's independent bid is setting up a three-way contest between Republican Charlie Baker and the state's incumbent governor Democrat Deval Patrick.
In an effort to support Baker, the Republican Governors Association launched a television, radio, and internet ad blitz, as well as a new website Tuesday - all of which focus on Cahill's stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
"Tim Cahill – reckless with our money," a narrator says in the new RGA television ads.
Cahill responded Tuesday evening with a web video.
"Charlie Baker and his Washington friends are desperate to tear me down with over a million dollars in negative attack ads," Cahill says in the video as he looks straight into the camera's lens. "People are sick and tired of the old way of party politics. Attacks ads won't fix our economy. Attack ads won't create jobs for the middle class. They represent the past. My campaign for Governor represents the future."
In a statement announcing the release of the web video, Cahill campaign manager Adam Meldrum called the GOP ads "nothing short of a Hail Mary to try and save Charlie Baker's flailing candidacy."
The most recent poll in the race indicates that Gov. Patrick holds a slight edge over his two rivals in a three-way general election match up.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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.”