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Chris Christie to Push House GOP for Dues

Republicans to Laud Generous Lawmakers at Conference Meeting

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today is making his third visit this cycle to House Republicans in an effort to get Members to pony up for the party’s fall election efforts.

The popular governor will attend this morning’s GOP Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club as part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s plea for its Battleground fundraising program.  

The visit comes as the NRCC plans to announce a record $10.7 million fundraising haul in June. The committee will report $41 million in cash on hand.

House Republicans are on track to maintain control of the chamber after November’s elections, according to political handicappers. Accordingly, House GOP leaders are working to ward off complacency within their ranks and get Members to donate campaign funds that are then doled out to fund ads in the most competitive races.

At today’s meeting, House Republicans plan to highlight last month’s most generous Members — holding them up as examples for the rest of the Conference.

Speaker John Boehner’s committee transferred $2.1 million to the NRCC in June. The sum is only part of the more than
$7 million that the Ohio Republican gave to the committee in the second quarter.

The committee also received a $1 million transfer from Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), vice chairman of the Financial Services Committee. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) gave $500,000, while Chief Deputy Majority Whip Peter Roskam (Ill.) kicked in $300,000.

Those contributions helped the NRCC report its best June haul in history. The committee is $24 million ahead of where it was at this point in the 2010 cycle when it comes to overall fundraising.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did not release its June fundraising totals before press time. The committee reported $27.5 million in the bank at the end of May.

But House Democrats also anticipate a strong fundraising haul for last month — buoyed by the Supreme Court ruling on the controversial health care law. The DCCC previously announced it raised $2.3 million in the five days after the court’s decision.

Additionally, House Democrats touted strong second-quarter fundraising from their individual candidates. Those reports were due Sunday.

In a memo Tuesday, the DCCC announced Democratic incumbents raised more than their opponents in 14 of the 19 top races in the committee’s Frontline program in the period. The committee also cited 17 Democratic candidates who raised more or “nearly more” than Republican incumbents in the quarter.

But Republican candidates raised more than their Democratic opponents in open seats, according to a Roll Call analysis of the most competitive 17 races without an incumbent. Nine Republicans brought in more cash than Democrats in those districts.

Christie’s visit marks the third event he has done with House Republicans this cycle. He addressed the Conference in September 2010 as well as at the House Republican retreat at the beginning of this session of Congress.

Earlier this week, the NRCC announced a joint fundraising committee with former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), who is seeking to retire his presidential campaign’s debt. House Republicans and Gingrich will split the committee’s proceeds.  

Democrats must pick up 25 House seats to win back the majority they lost in 2010 — a task even party faithful privately acknowledge will be tough.

Republicans controlled the redistricting pen in more key states and therefore used the decennial process to redraw Congressional boundaries to their partisan advantage. Local GOP mapmakers used the new maps to solidify many of their 2010 gains in key states. Democrats are expected to make major gains in Illinois and possibly California, but the overall gains and losses attributed to redistricting is expected to be a wash for the two parties.

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