National Republican Congressional Committee
|National Republican Congressional Committee|
- 1 Leadership
- 2 2014 elections
- 2.1 Petition
- 2.2 Patriot Program
- 2.3 NRCC targets
- 2.4 Fundraising
- 3 2012 elections
- 4 Recent news
- 5 External links
- 6 References
The committee was founded in 1866. According to the NRCC website, the committee:
."..supports the election of Republicans to the House through direct financial contributions to candidates and Republican Party organizations; technical and research assistance to Republican candidates and Party organizations; voter registration, education and turnout programs; and other Party-building activities."
The NRCC is governed by its chairman, Rep. Greg Walden (OR-2), and an executive committee elected by Republican members of the U.S. House. The committee's daily operations are overseen by its executive director, Liesl Hickey.
The NRCC circulated a petition directed at House Democrats to reaffirm their commitment to the Affordable Care Act. The controversial act is expected to impact the 2014 mid-term elections. The petition was meant to draw negative attention to the Democrats that voted for and continue to support the act. It reads, "I have been a strong and consistent supporter of ObamaCare," the petition begins. "The law may be incredibly unpopular as people in my district are kicked off their health care plans and watch as their premiums and costs skyrocket, but I still support this law — and commit that I will continue to support it through Election Day."
The Patriot Program is designed to help raise money and assist vulnerable incumbents that are seeking re-election. As of December 2014, 17 members have been included in the program.
The following table displays the current members of the Patriot Program.
The following Democratic incumbents have been targeted by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in 2014.
|National Republican Congressional Committee, Targeted incumbents|
|District||Targeted incumbent||November 4 Results|
|Arizona's 1st District||Ann Kirkpatrick||Pending|
|Arizona's 2nd District||Ron Barber||Pending|
|Georgia's 12th District||John Barrow||Pending|
|Minnesota's 7th District||Collin Peterson||Pending|
|North Carolina's 7th District||Mike McIntyre||Pending|
|Utah's 4th District||Jim Matheson||Pending|
|West Virginia's 3rd District||Nick Rahall||Pending|
Support for gay candidates
Rep. Randy Forbes (VA-04) urged the NRCC to not support gay candidates in the 2014 election. This is particularly important as the GOP has two strong openly-gay candidates running for Democratic controlled seats in 2014: Richard Tisei (MA-06) and Carl DeMaio (CA-52). When asked if his party should support gay candidates, House Speaker John Boehner responded by saying simply "I do."
GOP seminars on addressing women voters
The NRCC held seminars in 2013 to help GOP aides and candidates learn how to talk to women voters and avoid gaffes like Todd Akin's 2012 comment on "legitimate rape." According one aide, the seminars taught appropriate "messaging against women opponents." Boehner has also commented on the need for these seminars and the need for the GOP to appeal more to women voters. He said, "Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be." He added, "when you look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democrat caucus than there are in the Republican caucus."
NRCC chairman Greg Walden said, "You need to be very careful in how you approach any group and what you say. That’s just Politics 101." He also said, "We may have more women challengers now than we did in the last cycle. … We’ve got some great women candidates and it’s been a focus of ours too."
In July 2013, the NRCC started Project GROW, which stands for Growing Republican Opportunities for Women. According to their website, "This program is designed to promote the role of women within our party while encouraging more women to become an intricate voice in our American Democracy." The program includes ."..recruitment, messaging, polling, training for candidates, localized field events, fundraising, strong digital presence and harnessing the power of data to increase female voter participation."
In September 2013, the NRCC issued a press release in response to Rahall, one of the organization's main targets in 2014, mistaking an umbrella for a lump of coal during a press conference. The press release stated:
- "But Barack Obama, the EPA, and Nick Rahall aren’t waging a war on umbrellas – they are waging a war on coal. And yesterday, Bloomberg reported a new front opening in that war – the EPA is set to issue a rule that will completely halt the development of new coal-fueled plants by requiring they meet unachievable carbon standards."
Rahall, Peters and Shea-Porter
The NRCC launched an ad buy on December 10, 2013, focused on President Barack Obama’s “broken promise” that people could keep their old insurance plans under the new health law, and target vulnerable Democratic incumbents.
“Think Barack Obama and Nick Rahall are different? Listen to this,” a narrator said at the outset of the ad targeting Rahall. It then cuts to audio of Rahall saying: “Those who like what they have today…they’ll be able to keep.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee gained an early fundraising advantage in the first quarter of 2013. It outraised the NRCC $22.6 million to $17.5 million. Party strategists attribute the edge to Democrats' advantage in Internet fundraising and small-dollar donations. Additionally, vulnerable Democratic incumbents are leading their endangered Republican counterparts in a majority of races.
As of December 2, 2013, the NRCC reported raising $52,404,530 and spending $35,697,047, leaving it with $18,242,094 cash on hand. Comparatively, the DCCC reported raising $65,202,181 and spending $41,423,695, leaving it with $25,266,707 cash on hand.
The DCCC raised $8.4 million in September compared to the $5.3 million the NRCC raised during the same period. This brought the total raised for 2013 through the third quarter, to $58.2 million for the DCCC compared to the NRCC's $42.6 million. As for cash on hand, the DCCC still had an edge: $21.6 million to NRCC's $15.7 million.
According to an Open Secrets report on FEC filings released on August 13, 2013, the DCCC had raised $40.8 million to the NRCC's $34.3 million.'
The NRCC's Patriot Program highlighted incumbent House Republicans in an effort to increase their majority in 2012. The following races and candidates were sponsored by the program.
- Successful (Republican won): 18/33 (54.5%)
- Unsuccessful (Democrat won): 15/33 (45.5%)
The NRCC's Young Gun program highlighted Republican challengers running for the U.S. House in 2012. These candidates represented the GOP's best chances to pick up seats in the general election.
- Successful (Republican won): 13/42(31.0%)
- Unsuccessful (Democrat won): 29/42 (69.0%)
In October 2012, the NRCC launched 16 new ads for a total spending of more than $6 million. The purchases were in the following districts:
- California's 7th District: $560,000 in the Sacramento media market for a week, attacking physician Ami Bera (D), who is taking on incumbent Dan Lungren (R)
- California's 9th District: $560,000 in the Sacramento media market for a week, attacking incumbent Jerry McNerney (D), who faces recent law school graduate Ricky Gill (R)
- California's 24th District: $115,000 in the Santa Barbara media market for a week, attacking incumbent Lois Capps (D), who faces former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado (R)
- California's 52nd District: $400,000 in the Santa Diego media market for a week, attacking San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters, who is taking on incumbent Brian Bilbray (R)
- Colorado's 7th District: $560,000 in the Denver media market for a week, attacking state incumbent Joe Miklosi (D), who is taking on incumbent Mike Coffman (R)
- Georgia's 12th District: $192,000 in the Savannah and Augusta media markets for a week, attacking incumbent John Barrow (D), who faces state incumbent Lee Anderson (R)
- Illinois' 11th District: $900,000 in the Chicago media market over two weeks, attacking former representative Bill Foster (D), who is taking on incumbent Judy Biggert (R)
- Michigan's 1st District: $144,000 in the Marquette and Traverse City media markets for a week, attacking former state incumbent Gary McDowell (D), who is taking on freshman incumbent Dan Benishek (R)
- Minnesota's 8th District: $426,000 in the Minneapolis media market over two weeks, attacking former representative Rick Nolan (D), who is taking on freshman incumbent Chip Cravaack (R)
- Nevada's 3rd District: $426,000 in the Las Vegas media market over two weeks, attacking state Speaker John Oceguera (D), who is taking on freshman incumbent Joe Heck (R)
- New York's 19th District: $326,000 in the Albany media market over two weeks, attacking attorney Julian Schreibman (D), who is taking on freshman incumbent Chris Gibson (R)
- Ohio's 6th District: $231,000 in the Youngstown and Wheeling, W.V. media markets for a week, attacking former representative Charlie Wilson (D), who is taking on freshman incumbent Bill Johnson (R)
- Ohio's 16th District: $517,000 in the Cleveland media market for a week, attacking incumbent Betty Sutton (D), who faces freshman incumbent Jim Renacci in an incumbent vs. incumbent battle
- Texas' 23rd District: $315,000 in the San Antonio media market for a week, attacking state incumbent Pete Gallego (D), who is taking on freshman incumbent Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R)
- Utah's 4th District: $250,000 in the Salt Lake City media market for a week, attacking incumbent Jim Matheson (D), who faces Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love
- Wisconsin's 7th District: $550,000 in the Minneapolis, Minn., and Wausau, Wis., media markets, attacking former state Senate President Pro Tem Pat Kreitlow (D), who is taking on freshman incumbent Sean Duffy
In July, the NRCC reported it had raised $86,668,087 and spent $55,447,766, leaving $33,758,622 cash on hand.
The NRCC spent $66,599,922 on independent expenditures supporting Republican candidates or opposing Democratic ones.
|Top 10 largest NRCC expenditures in 2012|
The top 5 donors to the NRCC in the 2012 election cycle were:
|Top 5 Donors to NRCC, 2012|
|Friends of John Boehner||$11,951,236|
|Friends of Jeb Hensarling||$1,512,000|
|Kevin Mccarthy for Congress||$1,175,277|
|Dave Camp for Congress 2006||$791,190|
|Roskam For Congress||$772,400|
The top 5 industries that donated to the NRCC during the 2012 election cycle were:
|Top 5 Donors to NRCC, 2012|
|Securities & Investment||$9,897,148|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "National + Republican + Congressional + Committee"
- All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.
- NRCC "About," accessed July 14, 2012
- NRCC, "About," accessed December 3, 2013
- The Hill, "NRCC presses Dems to run on ObamaCare," accessed January 6, 2014
- The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
- Politico, "Rep. Randy Forbes: Deny money to gay candidates," December 4, 2013
- Politico, "GOP men tutored in running against women," accessed December 5, 2013
- NRCC, "Project GROW," accessed December 5, 2013
- NRCC.org, "Nick Rahall's War on Umbrellas," September 12, 2013
- Politico, "GOP ads tie Dems to ACA ‘broken promise’," accessed December 11, 2013
- The Hill, "Democrats gain early fundraising edge," April 22, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "National Republican Congressional Cmte 2014 election cycle," accessed December 3, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte 2014 election cycle," accessed December 3, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Democrats sweep September fundraising," accessed October 21, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Parties," accessed August 13, 2013
- Politico, "DCCC memo rallies Dems for 2014," August 1, 2013
- Politico, "Paul Ryan to fundraise hard for House GOP," accessed July 2, 2013
- Sunlight Foundation, "Outside spenders' return on investment," November 9, 2012
- NRCC "Patriot Program 2012"
- NRCC "Young Guns 2012"
- Roll Call, "NRCC Launches More Than $6 Million Worth of Ads," October 14, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Total Raised," accessed July 14, 2012
- Open Secrets, "National Republican Congressional Cmte: Independent Expenditures," accessed December 3, 2013
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- Open Secrets, "National Republican Congressional Cmte: Top Contributors," accessed December 3, 2013
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