Republican Attorneys General Association
|Republican Attorneys General Association|
|Affiliated with:||Republican State Leadership Committee|
- recruiting candidates
- offering research and financial backing
- developing campaigns
RAGA was originally formed in 1999. In 2002, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) was formed, of which RAGA operated as a branch. In January of 2014, plans to establish RAGA as its own independent entity were announced and executed.
When RAGA was formed in 1999, there were 12 Republican attorneys general. At the end of 2014, there were 27 Republican attorneys general.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was the chairman of the RAGA executive committee in 2014-2015. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was elected to serve as the chairman in 2015-2016, and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was chosen as the 2016-2017 chairman.
As of 2015, the other executive committee members are:
RAGA Political, "RAGA: Then and Now," January 22, 2014
In the 2014, two-year election cycle, $27,372,269 was provided to the Republican Attorneys General Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Of this, at least $16 million was raised in 2014.
The contributions made to RAGA in 2014 amounted to nearly four times the $4.5 million raised in 2010 and dwarfed the $470,000 raised by the organization in 2002.
According to Center for Responsive Politics data for the 2014 election cycle, the first cycle since 2002 in which RAGA operated as a separate entity, the organization spent $24,271,469. Of this total, about:
- $10.5 million was spent on media, including ads, broadcasting, consultation and other media-related expenditures;
- $3.8 million was spent on administrative costs;
- $3.5 million was directly contributed to other organizations or PACs; and
- $2.1 million was spent on salaries;
The remaining $4,371,469 was put towards other expenses, which included such categories as fundraising, research costs, campaign expenses, events, infrastructure and office supply expenditures.
This information was compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics according to data released by the Internal Revenue Service on January 27, 2015.
Republican attorneys general
Below is a list of the 27 current Republican state attorney generals.
|List of Current Republican State Attorneys General|
Republican Attorneys General Association, "RAGA: States' Rights," January 22, 2014
Issues and accomplishments
Bolstering states' rights and reducing the power of the federal government is one of RAGA's main principles. In a video released by the organization, several members explained RAGA's stance on this, its anchor issue. The video featured Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who said, "We are experiencing an overreach by the federal government that has never been seen before." Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens followed with, "That's not American; that's not the Constitution." Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt claimed, "A strong state federal system really is one of the great guarantors of liberty" and concluded by saying, "RAGA is about giving us the forum so that Republican AGs who are of like mind have the ability to stand up together and say to Washington, "enough."
As of May 12, 2015, RAGA listed the following as some chief actions and achievements of the organization and Republican attorneys general:
- Republican State Leadership Committee
- National Association of Attorneys General
- Democratic Attorneys General Association
- Website of the Republican Attorneys General Association
- Website of the Republican State Leadership Committee
- Republican Attorneys General Association, "About," December 20, 2013
- Politico, "Republican State Leadership Committee splits apart," January 21, 2014
- Youtube.com: RAGA Political, "RAGA: THEN & NOW," November 16, 2014
- Republican Attorneys General Association, "Executive Committee," accessed May 13, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Republican Attorneys General Assn Information," accessed May 14, 2015
- Youtube.com: Republican Attorneys General Association, "RAGA: States' Rights," January 22, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.