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Prodding Colleagues, Ensign Gives $300K to NRSC

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign (Nev.), who has spent a major part of the election cycle hectoring fellow GOP Senators to contribute to the outgunned committee, told his colleagues at their weekly luncheon Tuesday that he was contributing $300,000 from his re-election fund to the NRSC. Last month, Ensign bleakly informed his colleagues that he would have to scale back on the NRSC’s independent expenditures because they had not ponied up enough money to compete with the Democrats. Through July 31, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had almost $43 million in the bank; the NRSC had $25.4 million in cash on hand. Ensign is not up for re-election until 2012. At the Senate GOP luncheon Tuesday, Sen. Kit Bond (Mo.), who is up for re-election in 2010, said he would kick in $150,000 from his campaign fund to the NRSC.

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