The leaders of the National Republican Congressional Committee find two positives in the $5.87M in pledges it received from 149 members of the Republican caucus in the House of Representative. It shows they believe the Party can make big gains in 2010, and it also shows they are not all that worried about their own re-election.
According to TheHill.com, Republicans will be celebrating their achievement. They had asked for freshmen to kick in $20K, for $30K from rank-and-file Hill veterans and $100K from ranking members.
They still have a lot of ground to make up compared to their opposite, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which had over $27M in the bank as of mid-June. The NRCC had but $11.4M at the same time.
However, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) was very encouraged by the results of the Committee’s six-week effort to gain member support. He called it “…“a real shot in the arm at a critical point.”
RBR-TVBR observation: Just about every House seat that Democrats captured in the last two election cycles is a target this time around. And both parties look like they’ll have plenty of money to spend on those races. All signs continue to point toward a banner midterm election spending season.
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