Members Gave $1.1 Million to NRCC in April

Posted May 21, 2010 at 3:01pm

The National Republican Congressional Committee outperformed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in April fundraising in part because of above-average giving from Members.

Thirty House Republicans directly transferred more than $1.1 million to the NRCC last month, according to a Roll Call analysis of the NRCC’s April fundraising report filed late Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.

The DCCC, which has more often than not outperformed the NRCC in Member donations, took in about $700,000 last month in direct transfers from Democratic Members.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders have pressed their Members to pay dues and to give whatever else they can to the NRCC to help the party’s effort to make big gains in November. The NRCC still significantly trailed the DCCC in cash on hand as May began, $27.3 million to $11.5 million.

Most of the NRCC’s April receipts from Members were dues payments.

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (N.J.) transferred $130,000 to the NRCC last month, more than any other House Republican. Spencer Bachus (Ala.), the top-ranking Republican on the Financial Services Committee, transferred $100,000.

They were followed by Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), $75,000; John Carter (Texas), $75,000; and Lamar Smith (Texas), $60,000.

Five Members gave $50,000 apiece: Kevin Brady (Texas), Charles Boustany (La.), Mike Conaway (Texas), Sam Graves (Mo.) and Kay Granger (Texas).

The DCCC’s biggest donor last month was not a House Democrat but Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who transferred $150,000 to the committee when it was weighing strategy for Saturday’s special election in Hawaii’s 1st district, where one Republican and two Democrats are on the ballot.

Inouye is backing state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, but neither she nor former Rep. Ed Case, the other Democrat in the race, is expected to outpoll Republican Charles Djou, who is expected to win with a plurality of the vote.

Rep. Edolphus Towns (N.Y.) transferred $100,000 to the DCCC, and Rep. Ed Pastor (Ariz.) gave $50,000.