Republican governors build war chest
July 5th, 2011
10:12 AM ET
12 years ago

Republican governors build war chest

(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association raised $22.1 million in the first half of the 2011, the group announced Tuesday.

According to the RGA, the haul eclipses figures from 2007 and outpaces totals from similar periods in 2008 and 2009.

The fundraising arm responsible for electing Republican governors now has $16.2 million cash on hand after retiring $3 million in debt. During the same period in 2007, a comparable off-cycle election year, the RGA had $8.1 million cash on hand.

In 2011 and 2012 14 governor's seats are up for grabs, including four this year. Nine of those governorships are currently held by Democrats and five by Republicans. Thirty-seven governor's seats were contested in last year's elections.

"The RGA's record breaking fundraising reflects our governors' position as the leaders of our Party," RGA Chairman Rick Perry said in a statement. "Republican governors are proving that the states are the most effective places from which to transform and save our country, and the RGA benefits from their leadership."

The three-term Texas governor is considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 but has not made a decision publicly.

The Democratic Governors Association has yet to release their fundraising figures from this cycle.

Filed under: 2012 • Republican Governors Association • RGA • Rick Perry
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Name king

    Hey these repugs keep firing government workers and giving money to the rich, of course their billionaire friend will hook them up. But I wonder how much more lies their media owned rich friends have to tell to get those same people to put away their own self interest to support the rich further distancing themselve in wage disparencies, to vote for the repugs again.

    July 5, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Charlie from the North

    Hey middle class. Don't look now but their war is on us.

    July 5, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. a in austin

    Cut education, cut fire fighters, cut police officers....that's what the gop has offered up since running on the platform of "jobs" in November. If you think the gop is looking after your best interest, you better read up on the facts. They are about protecting the wealth up at the top. Their war is against the middle class as "Charlie from the North" correctly stated.

    July 5, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    can't pepole look at pictures of Perry, Wilson, and Christie and tell that these guys aren't all there upstairs? Well Christie to an extent is better than the other two, but Perry and Wilson from Wisconsin always have that "deer in the headlights" look in almost every picture I see of them.

    July 5, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    Charlie from the North
    Hey middle class. Don't look now but their war is on us.
    No, you want more Obama style results?!?!? Has his administration been a windfall for Main Street like he advertised in 2008? Not at all if you pause and look around. Who's getting rich? Wall Street, Big Oil and Washington bureaucrats and lawyers. Are you doing better? Probably not. Are your houses worth more? Not at all, but certainly that hasn't been a problem for the big banks. He handed them billions but go try and borrow any of it.

    The Republicans will bring relief to Main Street. That's what happens when the government becomes more efficient and companies can begin hiring again. The Democratic Spin Machine can try and blame the crisis on Bush all they want, but it was Democrat Barney Frank in Washington who made the mortgage nightmare that clobbered the economy. Sure everyone should own a home. But only If they can afford it. That's the difference. The Republicans are working to help more people be able to afford a home. Jobs will do that. Growing companies with confidence in the future will create jobs.

    July 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    That's a significant increase in donations. Let's look at what they have done now that Stimulus aid to states has run out. Ah! Many used Stimulus to fund tax cuts because there were not many "shovel ready" projects at the time. No more stimulus means they are running deficits, so they are laying off middle class workers; like teachers, firefighters, policemen, and other public workers. Meanwhile, they somehow have come up with money to pay for tax cuts to the wealthiest. Mission Accomplished.

    And they plan to continue to do it some more. Cut education, health care, and infrastructure contruction projects. Cut any and everything that goes to middle class workers in union jobs while taking away their pensions and their rights.

    July 5, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |