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Big Republican Donors Bypassing RNC

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 31st, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Big Republican Donors Bypassing RNC
Since Michael Steele became RNC chairman in January 2009, “a growing number of prominent GOP donors has stopped contributing to the RNC, choosing instead to direct their money to outlets such as the party’s Senatorial Committee,” the Daily Caller reports.

“According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, at least eight of the RNC’s top individual donors have declined to contribute in the past 14 months… Each of the individuals had a record of contributing thousands to the RNC in past years but since 2009 have chosen to direct their money to the NRSC, National Republican Congressional Committee or individual campaign committees.”

Hutchison Plans Big Announcement
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) has called a press conference for 11 a.m. ET in San Antonio and is expected to announce whether she will stay in the Senate for the rest of her term, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “will join her for the announcement. Cornyn confirmed on Twitter that he would be on hand but did not elaborate.”

Hutchison said last fall that she would resign her Senate seat after the March primary for governor, but it’s unlikely McConnell would be on hand if she were planning to follow through on those plans.

The Hotline reports Hutchison will serve out the final two years of her terms.

Democrats Gain in Ohio
A new Quinnipiac poll finds that Democrats are having a mini-surge in Ohio and now lead in both the U.S. Senate and Governor’s races.

In the Senate race, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) leads Rob Portman (R) 41% to 37%, reversing a three point Portman lead in February. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) also edges Portman, 38% to 37%, reversing a five point Portman lead.

In the gubernatorial race, Gov. Ted Strickland (D) leading challenger John Kasich (R), 43% to 38%.

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