Schock, Hensarling Contribute $1 Million Each to NRCC

Reps. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., and Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, gave $1 million each to boost the House GOP's efforts in 2014. At a closed-door Tuesday morning conference meeting, Schock presented his $1.1 million check to National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon. Hensarling also gave Walden a $1 million check at the meeting, according to a Republican source who attended the Capitol Hill Club confab. The NRCC also announced Tuesday that Schock will serve as chairman of the NRCC's March dinner — one of the committee's top fundraising events of the year. Schock pledged to raise an additional $1 million for the committee before the March 26 event. The funds will go toward aiding the NRCC's efforts to keep control of the GOP's House majority. Republicans have boasted they want to expand their 17-seat advantage over Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. But NRCC is currently at a cash disadvantage compared to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. At the end of November, the DCCC had $8 million more on hand than the NRCC. Neither committee has released its end-of-year fundraising reports, which are due Jan. 31. In addition to Hensarling and Schock, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn. gave $100,000. The GOP source at the meeting noted several other members contributed to the March dinner: Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas, Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina, John Shimkus of Illinois, Kevin Brady of Texas, John Fleming of Louisiana, Andy Barr of Kentucky, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Luke Messer of Indiana and Pete Sessions of Texas, a former NRCC chairman. It's unclear whether Schock, Hensarling or the other members transferred money from their campaign accounts or whether they raised the funds directly for the NRCC.