The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that it raised slightly more than $7 million in March, finishing the month with $3.2 million in cash on hand and $19.8 million in debt from the 2010 election cycle.
The committee touted its first-quarter major donor total, highlighting the fact that it raised $3.4 million from contributors who gave more than $15,000.
The fundraising news came at the same time as the announcement that the RNC has hired Angela Meyers to serve as its new finance director.
Meyers was hired away from the same position at the Republican Governors Association and would appear to fit new RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ focus on reinvigorating his committee’s major donor fundraising program. The RGA is still able to raise soft money and includes among its donors many well-heeled GOP contributors.
Before joining the RGA in 2005, Meyers served as Michigan finance director for President George W. Bush’s re-election bid. Prior to that, in 2000, she served as deputy finance director for the unsuccessful re-election bid of then-Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.).
The RGA announced Tuesday that Caitlin Schroder will serve as interim finance director to replace Meyers. Schroder worked at RGA from 1999 to 2008, serving as finance director for the RGA from 2003 to 2008.
According to an RGA news release, Meyers will work closely with RNC National Finance Chairman Ron Weiser in her new position.
“As a fellow Michigander, I’ve known Angela for many years, and I’m delighted she has agreed to steer the RNC’s fundraising operations during this important election cycle,” Weiser said.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.