August 4th, 2010
07:41 PM ET
12 years ago

RNC sets ambitious fundraising goal


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" The RNC announced that it plans to raise more than $107 million in 2010."]
Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – As critics take aim at Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele over his handling of the party's war chest, the committee told its members Wednesday that it plans to raise more than $107 million in 2010.

The ambitious projection means that the RNC would need to raise nearly $60 million in the second half of the year.

In the first six months of 2010, the RNC collected more than $49 million. In contrast, the Democratic National Committee raised $53.8 million during the same time period.

The projection, made in a document distributed by RNC officials at the group's summer meeting in Kansas City, comes as the committee is being forced to compete for donor dollars with a growing number of independent expenditure groups which are spending money to help defeat Democrats in November.

Under Steele's watch, the RNC has also burned through its cash at a high rate and seen a handful of questionable expenditures, most famously a $2,000 reimbursement for a bar tab at a bondage-themed Hollywood nightclub.

Doug Heye, a spokesman for the committee, said the new fundraising goal is within reach.

"Since Obama has taken the White House, and despite the advantages the Democrats have by controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, the RNC has outraised the DNC is nine separate months and has both outraised and held more cash-on-hand than the RNC in 1994 and the DNC in 2006," Heye told CNN.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. George of the jungle

    all you democrats keep sending your 5.00 and ten dollar donations. WE may not have the big corporate doners but thereis a lot of us. Defeat the repos in Nov.

    August 4, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Why would they need to RAISE money. Their Wall Street and Corporate buddies will keep them swimming in money to buy their votes. It's worked out really well for them so far. The Republicans have sided with big business and wall street over main street since I can remember.

    August 4, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. Indy

    Now if they could only set an ambitious goal to do something for their country, just one thing to start would be great. They have done absolutley nothing since 2008 and the only ambition they have had is to do nothing in hopes of bringing down the current administration. If you add that up with the GW years that is a long time with no ambition to do anything good for the country.

    August 4, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    No one is going to waste their money giving it to the RNC. Michael Steele has mismanaged the RNC funds with sex parties and other ridiculous events like taking children to an NRA event to let them see how to shoot automatic weapons. Future tea baggers I suppose.

    Republicans will not be able to raise ANY money from the American People. They will have to rely on their big corporate buddies who buy votes for Republicans to betray the interests of the People.

    Republicans are anti-middle class,anti-America, anti-jobs and anti-recovery. They are not leaders and have NO plans, solutions, and only negative actions. They are destructive and dangerous for the future of America.

    We must get them out of the Congress so we can move towards a faster recovery, faster job creation, and help for restoring the middle class.

    Democrats ARE the Party of the People and worked hard for us all year.

    August 4, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. Former Republican - Now Independent

    I can't wait for the RNC to call me and ask for money.

    I promise that it will be a memorable experience for both of us.

    August 4, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. DENNA

    What kind of fool donates to this organization? Seriously, who is that clueless?

    August 4, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Good luck. Thanks to the rethugs even if an unemployed rethuglican wanted to give money they can't because their party of NO continues to put bumps on the road. I doubt they would waste their house and food money on these fools.
    Whose figures are they looking at? beck's, limberger'. Dream on if you want to lie about those numbers.

    August 4, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Don't think it's gonna happen Mike!

    August 4, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Jim S

    of course they will be able to raise more money the supreme court ruled that foreign owned corporations can donate unlimited amounts to political parties so they can buy elections and politicians to see that there interests are met whats left of our country the middle class can fight over

    August 4, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. Gil

    There wouldn't be one cent I'd want to give to the Party of No that hasn't done anything to support Americans, but rather the special interest groups that the could on for $ and then just vote NO.

    August 4, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. u2canfail

    Are there enough bars and strippers for this ambition? Lucky for us the RNÇ will spend $2 to collect $1.

    August 4, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |