Senate Republicans are helping to refill the coffers of their newly minted nominees in Indiana and Nebraska following bruising primaries.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee contributed the maximum allowed — $43,000 — to state Sen. Deb Fischer, the GOP's nominee in Nebraska, and state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, the GOP's nominee in Indiana.
The donations mark the first of their kind from the NRSC to nonincumbent candidates this cycle. Republicans have the edge in both Senate races, but Democrats contend the states will be highly competitive this November. Roll Call rates both races as Leans Republican.
Nonetheless, Republicans want to give Fischer and Mourdock a financial boost after long and expensive primaries wiped out the their campaign bank accounts.
To further help with that task, Senate GOP leadership will host two separate fundraisers for Mourdock and Fischer on June 5 and 6, respectively. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) are headlining both events, according to a copy of the emailed invitation.
Additionally, Cornyn's Alamo PAC gave the $5,000 maximum to both candidates.