March 18th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Steele raises $5 million in first month


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" The Republican National Committee will report raising $5.1 million in the month of February."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican National Committee will report raising $5.1 million in the month of February, nearly matching what the committee raised from donors the previous month, an RNC advisor tells CNN.

The RNC, which will officially report the numbers later this week, has $24 million in the bank and no debt, said Jim Dyke, a senior political advisor to newly minted RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

“Chairman Steele continues to be focused, as he has on day one, in restructuring the RNC so that we have the programs, the staff and the resources to win elections,” Dyke said.

This is the first fundraising period for Steele, who has been sharply criticized by some Republicans during his brief stewardship of the national party. Steele has come under fire for not being focused on staffing up the RNC, and he angered social conservatives on the issue of abortion. Steele also made comments critical of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, leading to a public apology by the chairman.

Over the past week, Steele has named a chief of staff and communications director, and Dyke described the fundraising numbers as “solid” given the current political climate for Republicans.

“It is important to remember that we don’t have the White House and control of Congress, and that certainly puts us in a different situation,” Dyke said. “But again the chairman is going to focus on putting the programs in place to win elections.”

In addition to the more than $5.7 million raised by the RNC in January, Sen. John McCain transferred $7 million to the RNC that month from his failed presidential campaign.

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