House Majority Leader, John Boehner (R-OH) will donate $1 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). In an unusual move, the "Battleground" program asks lawmakers to pool their donations to reach a $20 million goal to take back the House of Representatives in November. The Politico article linked below says while Republican have greatly increased their war chest, they still fall far behind Democrats.
From The Hill:
The money will come from Boehner's campaign account, and will be on top of the $755,000 he's already contributed to the committee, and in addition to the $30,000 from his PAC.
Boehner's contribution could be seen as setting an example for rank-and-file members to pony up for this fall's midterm efforts.
The top House Republican has said Republicans could compete in as many as 100 congressional districts this November, and the NRCC's support could be key in converting many of those opportunities.More from Politico:
Boehner was joined by a number of other Republicans on Wednesday morning in pledging huge transfers of money to the NRCC, the committee charged with helping Republicans take back the House.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) delivered a $250,000 check to the committee, while Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) kicked in another $100,000.
Reps. Wally Herger (R-Calif.), Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), John Fleming (R-La.), Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and Steve Scalise (R-La.) all committed to delivering anywhere between $60,000 to $100,000 to the NRCC as well.I applaud these men for kicking-in to take back the House. They have to do this, however, because no one gives to any GOP establishment fund anymore. Unfortunately, we've found our money is best spent when it goes directly to a candidate we support.