Ahead of Trump’s headlining fundraiser, House GOP re-election cmte. president confident ‘we will have… the resources we need’

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EXCLUSIVE — Congressional Republican National Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer says he’s “always concerned about fundraising.”

The NRCC raised $40.9 million in first quarter fundraising from January to March 2022, which the House GOP reelection arm noted as its best first quarter fundraiser yet.

But the rival Democratic Congressional campaign committee topped the NRCC by about $11 million.

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Emmer, the Minnesota Republican who is leading the NRCC for a second consecutive election cycle, said in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Monday that “we are doing what we have to do. We have said from day one – since I started this work three years ago – we will never have their [the DCCC’s] money. We just have to have enough money.”

And he pointed out that “the entire Republican team has done an incredible job. We have almost $100 million in cash. Compare that to two years ago when we were at $41 million…Fundraising is a race with no finish line. You just gotta keep pushing. I’m confident we’ll have the resources we need.

Former President Donald Trump leads a Republican National Congressional Committee (NRCC) fundraising dinner in Tampa, Florida on November 8, 2021
(National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC))

Emmer was interviewed hours before former President Donald Trump is scheduled for the NRCC’s annual “Countdown to the Majority” fundraising dinner, to be held this year in Dallas. This is the second year in a row that the former president has headlined the NRCC fundraising event. Trump was the main attraction at the latest – held in November in Tampa, Florida.

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Emmer said the former president “has an incredible ability to help us raise funds.” And he predicted that “this year’s dinner… will be just as productive as the one a year ago.”

As the GOP lost the White House and Senate majority in the 2020 election cycle, House Republicans defied expectations and took a big chunk of House Democrats. And in November’s midterm elections, the GOP needs a net gain of just five seats in the 435-member chamber to regain a majority.

And after a 2020 cycle that saw a record number of female and diverse recruits, the NRCC has made even more progress this cycle. “Keep in mind that we’ve been very good the last cycle at identifying top candidates, at getting our messages out to voters,” Emmer said. “We’re going to be even better than we were in the last cycle at making sure those messages get to where they need to be.”

Monday’s fundraising dinner comes a week after it was announced that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, almost half a century old, who shook up the political world.

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Democrats face historic headwinds and a deadly political climate fueled by soaring inflation, rising crime and a high-profile southern border crisis, epitomized by falling approval ratings of President Biden. But party strategists see a silver lining in the seismic prospect of the loss of legalized abortion if Roe is overthrown and the issue returns to state legislatures.

And many Democrats on the ballot this year have been quick to attack Republicans as they hope to change the campaign conversation, energize their party base and win back key suburban voters who helped Democrats win back the House in 2018 but appeared to cross party lines in some 2020 congressional contests and again in GOP election victories in Virginia and New Jersey last November.

DCCC Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney predicted last week that “the central choice in the 2022 election will be who stands up for our freedom.”

And the New York Democrat argued that “Democrats will fight like hell to protect them; the Republicans will rip them out”.

But Emmer insisted that ‘the number one problem is still inflation and it will always be inflation’.

Gasoline prices are displayed at a gas station, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. March 9, 2022.
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Gasoline prices are displayed at a gas station, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. March 9, 2022.
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Referring to a new Reuters report in which more than 20 female voters surveyed in the battleground state of Arizona said inflation was still their biggest problem, Emmer pointed out: “It will be inflation, it’s going to be crime, it’s going to be the border, it’s going to be education, I don’t think the issues have changed.

And Emmer charged, “I know Democrats would love to talk about anything but these issues.”

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Emmer argued that “of the polls that show Democrat support” for what he called “absolutely no limits on abortion, this poll shows it’s incredibly unpopular,” which he said would “strengthen the message of the Republicans”.

Emmer noted that “we have a game plan in place. We are going to stick to our game plan. If any adjustments need to be made, we will do so accordingly.”

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