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NRCC Kicks Off Early ‘Battleground’ Effort

“We have always believed that Members ought to get out and get to work and do the things they were elected to do, and then over time we can get back into the campaign mode,” Rogers said of the different fundraising calendars. “Democrats took a different view. They felt they were going to be in charge for a very long time and decided to raise lots of money at our expense last year, and now it’s time to turn those tables. ... We didn’t need that money last year. We sure need it this year. And so I think you’re going to find the spirit of giving is stronger this year than it has been in the past.”

One former DCCC staffer said the NRCC’s method of fundraising from Members is a “gamble” and that House Democrats prefer to get Members in the habit of giving all cycle long.

“We always focused on a year-round push simply because whether it’s a [political action committee] or a leadership PAC, [Members] always have more money at the beginning of the cycle than at the end of the cycle,” the former staffer said.

The operative added that there’s also more pressure put on Members’ campaign accounts at the end of the cycle than at the beginning.

“You don’t want to be chasing down Member dollars late in the cycle when you’re not even in session and when you’re working less with your colleagues. ... The next thing you know, you have vulnerable Members chasing other Members on the phone when they should be calling people you don’t know.”

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