NRCC chief ponies up for tough election home stretch

From Politico:

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden is planning to announce a new $200,000 transfer to the campaign arm on Tuesday, joining fellow GOP leaders trying to build a war chest for a difficult home stretch to Election Day for the House GOP.

The Oregon Republican has given more than $2.4 million to the committee this election cycle, not including the September transfer he’ll announce during a private GOP conference meeting Tuesday morning, his staff says.

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“Our goal is to hit budget and maintain what we have in terms of House seats, maintain the biggest majority since the 1920s,” the NRCC chairman said of his transfers in a brief phone interview Monday. “We have to make sure we have the ground game we need in to win our races.”

Walden’s latest transfer comes on the heels of a tough month for the NRCC, which was outraised by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by more than $7 million in July.

House GOP leaders since then have been working intently to try to close the gap and reach their money targets — particularly since House Republicans this year are expected to lose seats with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket.

Under Walden’s leadership, Republicans in 2014 secured in their largest House majority since the 1920s, 247 members. According to his staff, he’s traveled to 38 states this election cycle, logging hundreds of thousands of miles raising money for fellow House Republicans. Since 2013, when he took over the committee, he’s traveled the equivalent of “ten trips around the world,” according to an aide.

Walden, who was first elected to the House in 1998, has transferred $8 million to the NRCC since 2010.

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