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House Republicans Push Members for Dues to Fund 2014 Campaigns

Price is making a push among his colleagues for dues to the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Price is making a push among his colleagues for dues to the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee has begun its full-court press on House GOP members to pay their dues to the campaign committee ahead of 2014.  

On Tuesday morning, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden put Rep. Tom Price of Georgia in charge of the effort as dues chairman, according to an announcement from the committee obtained first by CQ Roll Call.

“The NRCC is a member-driven organization and I’m so proud of how far we’ve come in marshaling the resources needed to make sure Nancy Pelosi is never speaker again,” he said. “With Tom now leading the effort to encourage and grow member participation on the way to November, I’m confident we’ll be welcoming many new Republican colleagues to Congress.”

 To help fund the NRCC’s massive media and television campaigns this fall, the committee assigns each member of the conference a dues goal. The amount depends on committee assignments and other factors.

Walden also named Price’s deputies in the effort, called “dues captains.” They are: Reps. Andy Barr of Kentucky, Susan W. Brooks of Indiana, Bradley Byrne of Alabama, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Chris Collins of New York, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Andy Harris of Maryland, John Kline of Minnesota, Candice S. Miller of Michigan, Jeff Miller of Florida, Pete Olson of Texas, Todd Rokita of Indiana, Peter Roskam of Illinois, Keith Rothfus of Pennsylvania, Ed Royce of California, former NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas, Marlin Stutzman of Indiana and Patrick Tiberi of Ohio.  

Also a dues captain? Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon of California, who is retiring .  

Much like in previous cycles, House Republicans have started their push for member financial participation later in the cycle. Typically, Democrats make their dues push early in the election cycle, while the Republican often start to collect these funds in April  of an election year.  

House Democrats have frequently raised more money than Republicans this cycle, as recently as in March .

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