Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Top GOP fundraiser signals fight for seats
The Washington Times ^ | 6/13/08 | Ralph Z. Hallow

Posted on 06/13/2008 9:03:44 AM PDT by Dawnsblood

Mr. Ensign dismissed reports that contributions to the Republicans by disgruntled small donors are down this year. He maintained the party's contributor base is intact. The Republican Party long has boasted that it is the party of small donors while the Democratic Party has had to rely far more on wealthy contributors to finance election campaigns.

He said the Republican Party never suffered a loss in small donors, only a shrinkage in the net amount of money raised - a decline that he said was not the result of small donors being disgusted with excessive Republican spending in Congress but of the party having been mailing "bad" lists that had driven up fundraising costs. That problem has been eliminated, he said.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. John Ensign, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, sees 2008 as a tough year for Republican candidates. "If you have an 'R' in front of your name, you better run scared."

Senate Republicans must defend 23 seats this year compared to 12 for Democrats.

Mr. Ensign said soaring gasoline prices offer a "huge opportunity" for Republicans who will argue that the Democrats have been blocking domestic production of oil from Alaska, from deep-water drilling off the U.S. continental shelf, and from gargantuan shale oil reserves.

He said his party must keep the Senate as a firewall to stop costly legislation that he predicted Democrats will try to enact if Sen. Barack Obama gains the White House and his party boosts its current 236-199 majority in the House.

Mr. Ensign said the 10 most competitive Senate races are in Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon and Virginia - all but Louisiana now being Republican seats.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 110th; 2008; campaignfinance; election; ensign; fundraising; johnensign; nrsc
Bold is mine.
1 posted on 06/13/2008 9:03:44 AM PDT by Dawnsblood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood

He’s lying


2 posted on 06/13/2008 9:06:24 AM PDT by Prokopton
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood

Ha!


3 posted on 06/13/2008 9:12:23 AM PDT by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue. It is the business of all of humanity.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood
a decline that he said was not the result of small donors being disgusted with excessive Republican spending in Congress but of the party having been mailing "bad" lists

denial is the most predictable of all human response

4 posted on 06/13/2008 9:13:22 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood

>> “a decline that he said was not the result of small donors being disgusted with excessive Republican spending in Congress but of the party having been mailing “bad” lists that had driven up fundraising costs.”

I guess all the disgusted Republicans are on the “bad” list.


5 posted on 06/13/2008 9:14:46 AM PDT by Gene Eric
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bill1952

>> denial is the most predictable of all human response

I was thinking that too, but then the word ‘deception’ came to mind.


6 posted on 06/13/2008 9:17:58 AM PDT by Gene Eric
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Prokopton

I will not give a dime to the turncoat McShamesty. He mocks all I stand for in the USA. I stand for strong borders, low taxes, anti liberal judges, energy independence, etc. He stands for cap and trade, open borders, blocking conservative judges, no drilling for our own oil, etc. The RNC made it clear by using winner takes all primary in ultra liberal states that an ultra liberal “republican “ would win.


7 posted on 06/13/2008 9:20:58 AM PDT by bronxboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood

Got a call yesterday. The fundraiser said the party needed funds to get the truth out about Obama, said nothing about McCain. I told him two things: first, a lot of sources were getting out the truth about Obama, and second, if and when McCain showed his loyalty to conservatives I would consider making a contribution, but not until then. In the meantime McCain could continue to rely on his RINO friends to fund his campaign. The fundraiser kept trying to focus on Obama and I hung up on him. Sounds like they aren’t getting traction selling McCain.


8 posted on 06/13/2008 9:21:27 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood
I haven't given the national RNC a dime since 2000. I'm an individual candidates guy only at this point.

The RNC is not to be trusted.

However, it is imperative that we give to congressional conservatives whenever possible.
9 posted on 06/13/2008 9:21:59 AM PDT by Antoninus (Every second spent bashing McCain is time that could be spent helping Conservatives downticket.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gene Eric
"...party having been mailing “bad” lists that had driven up fundraising costs.”

They did not discover the bad list until they tried contacting their base.

10 posted on 06/13/2008 9:24:21 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood
He maintained the party's contributor base is intact.

Well I do have an unexplained $250 charge on my credit card I'm trying to track down.
11 posted on 06/13/2008 9:27:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I miss the days when only the politicians were unethical.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus

Same here. I’m re-registering as Independent at this point.

And in campaigning, I don’t want to hear about you talking about why the other guy is bad. I want to hear you talking about what you bring to the table that is good. My vote doesn’t go to who gives the best smack talk.


12 posted on 06/13/2008 9:45:06 AM PDT by WarToad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood

If the GOP would grab the energy independence issue (i.e., drill now, drill here, build refineries & nukes) and make it their own, they would get plenty of dollars and may even make some gains in the senate and house.


13 posted on 06/13/2008 9:46:30 AM PDT by Mogollon (Vote straight GOP for congress....our only protection against Obama, or McCain.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red_Devil 232
The "bad lists" are the result of its failure to indicate that donors were pretty upset at the Bush-Kennedy-McCain "comprensive" shamnesty bill a couple of years ago.

Heck, the only acknowledgment that they made was the elimination of the in-house fund raisers.

That's it. Blame the disgruntled fund raisers. If they knew people were upset about the rewarding lawbreakers, I'm sure they would have suggested to Bush it wasn't a good idea, and made sure McCain was left to his own resources at the beginning of his candidacy.

14 posted on 06/13/2008 9:46:31 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Calvin Locke

Dang it. “comprehensive”.


15 posted on 06/13/2008 9:48:58 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: WarToad
Same here. I’m re-registering as Independent at this point.

I'm joining the FALCON Party in November. I am voting for McCain - not happy with the choice but voting for any others is a vote for Hussien!!

16 posted on 06/13/2008 10:14:26 AM PDT by EagleandLiberty (El Rushbo Tribal name -- RinoHunter Coming Soon - a new CONSERVATIVE PARTY --- www.falconparty.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood

I’ve given 5k to Ensign’s RNSC group.

It is essential to hold 41 seats in the senate.

I’ve also given 2300 to McCain.

I will be giving more to other “rinos” this year.

I’m smart, have a lot of money saved, healthy, adapatable, creative and well educated. I will do fine no matter what happens in November.

As to the rest of you, if Obama wins and has 60 seats in the senate, those of you who are less fortunate will be in dire straits.


17 posted on 06/13/2008 10:30:06 AM PDT by staytrue
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: staytrue
I’m smart, have a lot of money saved, healthy, adapatable, creative and well educated. I will do fine no matter what happens in November.

I'm not too sure if I would agree with the first part of your self-assesment.
18 posted on 06/13/2008 10:49:28 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (GOP: If you reward bad behavior all you get is more bad behavior.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Red_Devil 232
>> They did not discover the bad list until they tried contacting their base.

exactly.

"a decline ... was not the result of ... excessive Republican spending ..."

I think the Republicans need a comprehension plan.
19 posted on 06/13/2008 11:04:32 AM PDT by Gene Eric
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus
The RNC is not to be trusted.
However, it is imperative that we give to congressional conservatives whenever possible.

BUMP! Ditto.

20 posted on 06/13/2008 1:51:14 PM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Dawnsblood
“Mr. Ensign said soaring gasoline prices offer a “huge opportunity” for Republicans who will argue that the Democrats have been blocking domestic production of oil from Alaska, from deep-water drilling off the U.S. continental shelf, and from gargantuan shale oil reserves”

Tell that to John McCain. He still don't know that.

21 posted on 06/13/2008 2:06:06 PM PDT by KevinJohnson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson