The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $6 million in May and has $33.5 million cash on hand, the Committee announced Tuesday. Those numbers are down from last month, when the NRCC raised $6.9 million. The NRCC is also investing more money in six key House raises, buying $5.7 million in airtime for the fall, reports Politico. To help finance these efforts, the NRCC is launching internal fundraising project to extract money from GOP lawmakers called the Battleground Program.
The NRCC plans to jump-start its internal fundraising campaign Tuesday to extract $26 million from House Republicans — a major effort internally dubbed the Battleground Program.
Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the No. 4 House Republican, is heading up the effort, which will be the subject of a closed-door meeting of lawmakers at the Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday, according to Republican aides.
Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Hensarling are expected to cut big checks Tuesday to goad their colleagues into donating, according to an aide. They expect to raise $3 million at Tuesday’s meeting alone and another $3 million in the next few weeks, covering the $5.7 million in fresh reservations.
The DCCC will announce their May numbers on Wednesday. As of now, they lead the NRCC in ad spending by nearly 2-1.