In her attempt to win the House Republican Conference chairmanship for next Congress, Conference Vice Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is working to prove that she is a prolific campaigner, fundraiser and donor.
It is a common practice, another GOP aide said, although it makes the totals hard to quantify for outsiders.
“You could fly into Denver and raise $500,000 for the NRCC and not a penny of it comes from your campaign account, but that goes toward your assessment,” the aide said.
Indeed, McMorris Rodgers has been stumping for Romney and traveling on behalf of GOP candidates all across the country, most recently in the Midwest.
Price does not have a formidable Democratic challenger in his district, which is even more Republican-friendly than McMorris Rodgers’. He has been active on the campaign trail as well, messaging for the GOP on health care matters and stumping for candidates, most recently in Georgia and North Carolina.
The endorsement chase is still on, as another committee chairman — Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (Mich.) — has sided with McMorris Rodgers in the race.
Meanwhile, candidates running for the lower-tier leadership slots are racking up money to bolster their leadership ambitions as well.
Two newly created leadership PACs are aiding candidates. In the past quarter, Rep. Martha Roby (Ala.), who is running for Conference vice chairwoman, founded MARTHA PAC, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.), who is looking to be Conference secretary, started FOXX PAC.
Both candidates, however, are being outraised by their challengers. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (Kan.) has almost doubled Roby’s haul, with more than $1.9 million to Roby’s roughly $1 million during the cycle.
Jenkins has also donated more than $100,000 directly to the NRCC and $43,000 to candidates in the past quarter, while Roby donated more than $30,000 to the NRCC and less than $2,000 to candidates.
“Congresswoman Jenkins is lending her unwavering support to maintain a Republican majority in the House. These efforts would continue regardless of a leadership race,” said her spokeswoman, Annie Dwyer.
Most of Roby’s donations have come since the last reporting deadline of Sept. 30, said her spokesman, Todd Stacy.
“Martha is helping Members in re-election and helping those running for office for the first time in order to retain and hopefully grow the majority, not to gain a leadership post,” he said.
In the three-way race for secretary, Foxx and Rep. Gregg Harper (Miss.) have raised less than $1 million in this cycle, while Rep. Jeff Denham has gathered more than $2 million, although some of that may have to do with the fact that he is in a competitive race in his California district.