June 8th, 2009
07:45 PM ET
13 years ago

GOP raises $14 million in one night for 2010

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Monday evening’s high-profile Republican fundraising dinner yielded approximately $14 million, according to a joint statement released by congressional Republican leaders.

The event, which featured former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the headliner, raised about $7.25 million for Senate Republicans and $7.2 million for House GOP candidates.

“As we look forward to the 2010 election cycle, we understand what’s at stake and the principles that we are fighting for on behalf of voters across the country,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The annual joint fundraising dinner occupied political headlines in the run-up to Monday evening, because of a continuing controversy over whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would attend the event after she declined earlier this year to be the main speaker. Palin was expected to be in the audience.

“Tonight’s success is a testament to how well Republicans’ message of fiscal responsibility and smaller government is resonating,” said Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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  1. mjm

    Hope and change is on the way!

    June 8, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Pam

    Fiscal responsibility? Smaller government? Huh? That's supposed to describe republicans? That's a joke, right? Obviously, since Reagan they have not and did not take fiscal responsibility seriously. Every repub has left office with huge deficits. The "tax and spend" President Clinton left office with a $20,000 billion surplus! And by smaller government, you mean they'll mind their own business and stay OUT of a woman's womb? Yeah, right. These are the same people who tortured us for weeks with that poor woman in a coma and they took the personal responsbility away from her husband. I wouldn't trust a republican ever again. They're sanctimonious and, well, lame. And they have no good comedians. Really, think of one!

    June 8, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. harold

    THE republicans are raising all that money to make sure all the MILLIONS of people in the USA who have NO health care.. stay that way.. NO health care for the next hundred years...they have fought having health care for everyone ever since.. President Truman proposed national health care for everyone all the way back in 1948.... and the republicans have won out.. How does it feel to still be without HEALTH INSURANCE?

    June 8, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. NO!!!

    All the King Horses And All the King Men and Money can't Put The Party of No Together !!! LOL

    June 8, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. Ted Tartaglia

    It's too bad the Republican's couldn't live up to their fiscal responsibility policy when they had the chance during the Bush Jr. presidency. Now the message is nothing but hot air out of a bunch of incompetent, failed political hacks.

    Gingrich, the keynote speaker, is a self confessed failure. Why Republicans pay to listen to him is beyond me. I guess if you have nothing else to offer, you will try anything. Moreover, the Republicans must be getting pretty desparate if they can't come up with a more relevant speaker. Try Meaghan McCain next time.

    June 8, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. makesUwonder

    A sign of better things yet to come! Out with the old and in with the new.

    June 8, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    HAHAHAHA... GOP might as well flush it down a toilet for all the chances they have as long as loonies like Palin, Limbaugh, Gingrich, and Cheney keep shooting off their mouths.

    June 8, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. videodrome

    If fiscal responsibility and smaller government were all the Republican Party stood for, they would have my vote.
    But they have continued to lay in bed with social conservatives, conservatives that are NOT in favor of limited government. These holy rollers want government in every aspect of our lives, worse than liberals.

    June 8, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. JDB

    “Tonight’s success is a testament to how well Republicans’ message of fiscal responsibility and smaller government is resonating,” said Texas Rep. Pete Sessions"


    I didn't realize they had improv comedy entertainment at the fundraiser. That Pete Sessions, he's one funny guy!

    June 8, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Jackson

    and yet that continue complaining about the economy...like they have any worries at all.

    June 8, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. Jerry R Lucas RN

    Well let see the party is dead? The GOP just want to say no? and well we all know that all Rep are bad people. I work in health care and can not stand Dems or Rep but, if you allow the dems this CRAP they call health care and listen right now if you do not get it thiers or others you could be fined. Yet lets not think about that because we will all have health care right!!!!

    Wake up if you think Gov run health care is good then you have not heard of med-caid both have been broke for years. So jump on the bus as it will be the land of milk and honey great for all then you awake from your dream to see the real world.
    Do not worry as CNN will not post and nurses commits

    June 8, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. D. Johnson

    wow, wil all the suffering and hardship that the repubs have created in this country they can still find someone to give them money?

    June 8, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  13. Former Republican Supporting Obama from Tennessee

    It does not matter how much money the GOP raises, if their message of simply saying "No" while offering no substantive and progressive alternative plans remains the same, then they will lose more seats in Congress.

    June 9, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  14. Patti

    They're going to need alot more than money. A miracle would be more like it.

    June 9, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |