For Senate Republicans, November could be the cruelest month. Not only are they the party of the least popular president in the history of approval ratings, but they also have scandals to confront and 23 seats to defend (compared to just 12 for Democrats). Seems that, in the face of all those factors, Sen. John Ensign (Nev.), who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is having a bit of trouble getting colleagues to open their wallets to help out Republicans facing tough reelection bids this year. The absence of willing donors is impeding GOP efforts to run campaign ads. From CQ:
Republican lawmakers contributed $1.1 million to the NRSC through June, while Democrats chipped in nearly $5 million, according to FEC reports. Joint fundraising committees raised nearly $1.2 million for the NRSC, compared to $3.4 million for the DSCC.
Ensign had challenged his colleagues to step up back in July by increasing their fundraising efforts or by providing more of their own direct contributions. His statement amounted to a renewed call to arms.
"It is my hope that my Republican colleagues will engage in this election and help match what the Democrats are doing," Ensign said. "If they do, I will adjust our budget accordingly."
Not sure what Ensign hopes to accomplish by issuing such a statement, unless he thinks that embarrassment is the surest form of persuasion. Perhaps, senator, your colleagues just see a losing cause when they see one.
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