CNN reported that GOP donors have started to withhold funds and donations after the GOP controlled Senate could not repeal and replace Obamacare. From CNN:
At least $2 million in contributions promised to the National Republican Senatorial Committee have failed to materialize because donors are expressing frustration with the Senate GOP’s inability to fulfill their central campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to two GOP sources familiar with the matter.
The shortfall, officials said, also points to a larger concern within the party that their core voters may be disillusioned heading into the 2018 midterms when Democrats have a serious shot of retaking the House.
The GOP should still control the Senate after 2018, but without the funds, the party could face challenges to properly fight against vulnerable Democrats. Therefore, it could stunt the GOP’s growth within the Senate.
Earlier this summer, GOP donors started to send warnings to the party that funds will stop if the Republican lawmakers don’t act on Obamacare and tax reform. Texas donor Doug Deason closed his wallet in June:
Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his checkbook is closed as well.
“Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” Deason said in a pointed message to GOP leaders. “You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There’s no reason you can’t get this done. Get it done and we’ll open it back up.”
Four days ago, Virginia GOP donor Bob Heghmann sued the RNC and the Virginia Republican Party for fraud. He claimed that the parties “raised millions of dollars in campaign funds while knowing they weren’t going to be able to overturn the law also known as Obamacare.”
The defendants include Morton Blackwell and Cynthia Dunbar, two of Virginia’s national GOP members. Both of them brushed aside the lawsuit, but understood Heghmann’s feelings. From The Virginian-Pilot:
But at the same time, both said they understood where Heghmann was coming from. Blackwell said the suit is a “sign of conservative anger that the Republican-controlled Congress has not yet repealed and replaced Obamacare.”
He argued that “progressives” had taken over the Democratic Party and seemed to lament that “conservatives” had not yet taken over the Republican Party.
“Too few conservatives are willing to invest their time, talent, and money and personally participate inside the Republican Party,” Blackwell said. “A Republican majority will mean a conservative majority if and when a sufficient number of conservatives figure out why the success of their principles depends on their personal involvement in local, state and national Republican Party committees and in party nomination contests.”
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