Boehner Pleads With Members to Pay NRCC Dues
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called on Members who still haven’t paid their dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee to “do the right thing— and pony up the cash before Congress adjourns for the year. “As you know, we’ve been making a push for Member transfers to the NRCC over the last several months,— Boehner wrote in an e-mail Wednesday to the Republican Conference. “And since there’s a possibility that today may be our last day in Washington for the year, I am calling on you to do the right thing and write your check to the NRCC today.—Boehner wrote that every Member is obligated to make sure that the NRCC has the resources to continue its fight to hold the Democratic Congress accountable in 2010. “I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished together and am honored to be with you in our fight for freedom and reform,— Boehner continued. “So for the last time this year I’m asking you to honor your commitment to our team and write your check to the NRCC today.—For months Boehner and other GOP leaders have pleaded with Members to meet their “NRCC assessment for 2009— — a combination of Member dues and fundraising requirements for the party’s March and June dinners — before the end of the year. During a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference last month, Members who had not met their financial obligations to the committee were handed envelopes to further encourage them to settle their debt. Republican membership dues are $25,000 for leadership and ranking committee members, and $15,000 for rank-and-file lawmakers.NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) “applauds Leader Boehner’s efforts to help garner the necessary resources for Republicans to maximize our gains in 2010,— NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said.Unlike the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which sets fundraising goals for the two-year cycle, the NRCC divides its Member request into annual goals.