February 22nd, 2010
03:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Donors opening their wallets for GOP governors

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association raised $13.5 million in the first seven weeks of the year, a figure that coincides with the organization's annual fundraising dinner Monday evening here in the nation's capital.

The RGA, the political arm of GOP governors, raised $10.2 million during this same time period in 2009.

"This record participation demonstrates that more and more people are excited about our party and recognize governors will lead our comeback," Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the RGA, said in a statement accompanying the fundraising numbers. "We're off to a good start, but we still have a lot of work to do between now and the November elections."

The RGA had $25 million in the bank as of January 1, 2010.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Alabama

    I hope it fail!

    February 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Scott in Atlanta

    Interesting that as soon as the Supreme Court removes roadblocks for Special Interest money in campaigns, the GOP has a banner year.

    Go figure.

    GOP are experts at what the Answer isn't.

    February 22, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    I wonder how many are corporations? Where's the list of donors?

    February 22, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. jfs Memhis, Tn

    It seems that the GOP donors are the only ones with any money left TO donate !!! They made all kinds of money over the last 8+ years and know they are gonig to BUY the GOP back in once more. S-o-o the cycle will start all over again.......how fickle the American voter has become. We now have little respect or understanding how valuable our most important freedom is... The right and Value of our vote...for the good of the whole nation nation...not just our limited selfish georaphies.

    February 22, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. LUNCH


    February 22, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. 101sonny

    Republicans are going to need just about all that for Lt. governer Andre Bauer S.C. after his transparent remark."Don't feed strays equates to governments help to the poor.They will reproduce,especially one's that don't think too much furrther than that" That about sums up republican ideaologies.He was speaking from the highest poverty rated states.....Bernie

    February 22, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. B

    Overflowing with Gobs of money , but zero ideas for anything to help the country!

    They are all about power and money with no solutions for working

    They showed everyone what they are all about in the last eight years..

    Maintain power and maintain wealth for themselves!

    February 22, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Watch your jobs keep going overseas while "donors" money keeps coming into your state thanks to the Supreme Courts ruling.

    February 22, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. big papa

    The GOP is an arm of CPAC...

    ...which is an arm of the John Birch Society...

    ...which is an arm of the Ku Klux Klan...

    ...which makes them America's enemies...

    ...there is NO discernible difference between..

    ...the conservative (Tea Bagger movement)...

    ...and conservative Al Qaeda...

    ...they both hate and want to destroy America...

    ...by taking civilization back hundreds of years...

    ...Liberal Progressives wake up!

    ...KNOW thy enemy and prepare to meet him...

    February 22, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Vic of New York

    Thanks to the NEW ACTIVIST AGENDA Conservative "Supreme" Court...

    Here come all the donations from Corporate interests and foreign powers to the Republican coffers.

    I just learned that Westinghouse, an historic American company that is a prime contractor to build two new Nuclear Reactors in Georgia is actually now OWNED by Toshiba!

    So when Westinghouse lobbies Congress and funds GOP candidates 0 that means Republicans are really looking to sell off more of America to foreign powers!

    Nice Going Repugnicans!!!

    February 22, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. JT the college freshman from MO

    I may be young and naive, but this partisan gridlock is not what I want to see for the rest of my short life on this Earth; short life in terms of the age of the Universe (14 billion years). I want to see a government that has differences of opinions, but does not let those differences of opinion get in the way of making important progress that our nation needs to move foward. Everyone of us, whether you believe in God or not, needs to realize that without us cooperating with one another, nothing important that can make our lives better can ever be accomplished. I believe that government should not define marriage; that is up to the two people; the men, the women, or the man and the woman. Government should not interfere with a woman's right to choose; whether she has an abortion or not should be up to her and her only. I believe in Progressive views, but I believe that we need to approach them in a responsible, mature way. For example, clean energy independence; I believe that it is time for our economy to be reformed to a clean energy independent status. I am aware that, that big of a reform takes responsbility, patience, and fiscal knowledge to accomplish; here is an example of what I mean:
    What then are attributes of a sustainable economy in the information age?
    1. Populations of humans and other organisms living in harmony with the natural support systems such as air, water, and land (including ecosystems).
    2. An energy policy that does not pollute the atmosphere, cause climatic damage such as climate change, or present unacceptable risk ( a political or social decision).
    3. A plan for renewalbe resources such as water, forests, grasslands, agricultural lands, and fisheries that will not deplete the resources or damage ecosystems.
    4. A plan for nonrenewable resources that does not damage the regional to global environment while ensuring a share of our nonrenewable resources is left to future generations.
    5. A social, legal, and political system that is dedicated to sustainability with a democratic mandate to produce such an economy.
    To achieve a sustainable United States economy, it is necessary that we:
    1. Develop an effective population control strategy.
    2. Completely restructure our energy programs; a sustainable US economy cannot run on fossil fuels for too much longer. Conservation of energy must have a central place in our energy management plans.
    3. Institute economic planning, including development of a tax structure that will encourage population control and wise use of resources.
    4. Implement social, legal, political and educational changes that provide for maitenance of a quality local, regional, and universal environment.
    We need to produce solar, wind, natural gas, nuclear, geothermal, hydrothermal, biofuels, and oil energy here in America. I am also aware to achieve that big of a reform, we would have to make some tough, unpopular choices about fiscal responsibility. For example, if this type of economy would to flourish, we would have to cut down to our basic needs for our nation: Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, Education, and defense for our military; the rest, in my view, have to be trimmed down in some shape, way, or form, so that we could fund this reform that I am talking about. Cuts would not do it alone; if anyone took a look at our debt built up over a period of a couple of decades, anyone with common economic sense would realize that to fund this type of clean energy economy reform, while paying off our debt that needs to come down, would realize that a very unpopular decision has to be made; raise taxes on someone. To be honest, if anyone took a look at the total US Unfunded Liability Debt that has built up over the past few decades, anyone would realize that that magnitude of a debt cannot be paid off by the middle and lower class, while still making the necessary economic reform to a clean energy independent economy. In other words, the wealthy has to pay more in taxes if our debt ever hopes to come down anytime soon; sorry to be blunt, but that is the only fiscally responsible way I see the debt coming down. We can make this sacrifice; we have before to get out of tight situations, and we can do it again and come out stronger than ever before.

    February 22, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Scott in Atlanta

    Does the Tea Party want to "take our country back" or take our country backwards??? Sometimes it's difficult to tell..

    February 22, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Rickster

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 22% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. That matches yesterday’s result as the lowest level of strong approval yet recorded for this President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

    February 22, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. carlos

    let us force the gophers to publish their donor's list.......you will be greatly surprised....and you trust and vote for these criminals?......elect them and you will be responsible for the ensuing tragedy.....will you be able to SLEEP?....really doubt it

    February 22, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    The question CNN needs to ask is where is this funding coming from? I doubt this much funding is coming from individual donations limited to $2300.00 dollars a year.
    This is the continued buying of the people's representation by the Special interest groups, PACs, Unions, Wall Street, banking, global Corporations are all contributing billions to re-election funds that undermine the people's representation.
    Do not vote for anyone who is funded by interests other than the people of your state.

    February 22, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    We should thank the old farts on the supreme court for allowing even more corporations to give money for their interest and the heck with the rest of us.
    And justice whatever your name is, it IS true. You screwed up our system even more than it already is.

    February 22, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. jaboc00

    soooooo..... is this fund raising to make the US fail or????

    February 22, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. geecee

    Wow, all this money for a lost cause! The GOP is so transparent, and by that I mean we can see right through them, about how they are obstructing and preventing anything from getting accomplished that will make the Democrats or President Obama look good. Even at the risk of destroying this Country, they won't let it happen. Divide and Conquer is their slogan!! They want him to fail so badly they are willing to look like hateful, fear-mongering, lying jerks if that's what it takes. Won't be the first time they have done this. They are very adept at being liars and spinmeisters to get their false propaganda across to their braindead followers. And with the help of Fox Noise Channel and all its talking botheads, they are managing to keep their sinister plot afloat. But when the rubber hits the road, we'll see who comes out ahead!

    February 22, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Rickster, is that the same 41% is also the number who thought Bush & Cheney were competent? People are not really buying into the republican message of hate, fear, and lies. Most polls show that 60% want a pubic option in health reform.

    February 22, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |