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American Crossroads and the RNC

Friday, April 2, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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The Washington Examiner’s Chris Stirlwalt reports on the new effort by old Beltway hands to raise money for the GOP, money which may be drying up quickly for the RNC in the aftermath of this week’s spending scandal.

Reinvigorating the RNC after the brand damage done this week would require at least the addition of one or two senior figures as Deputy Chairmen, tasked with an overhaul of the spending procedures and management going forward. The anti-RNC e-mail continues to flow in from angry small donors, and even as the story fades from the headlines, the repair of the damage it has done hasn’t even begun.

The RNC should also be making high profile efforts to secure the presidential primary calendar from monkey-wrenching and to get the site-selection for the convention visible and a center of speculation. New media initiatives aimed at providing the sort of comprehensive data center on the key 10 senate races, the key 60 House races as well as the governors’ contests would also give people a reason to visit GOP.com. The “Fire Pelosi” fund drive raised more than $1.5 million (much of it before the scandal), but now a very well wired electorate wants names, races and links.

It remains a measure of the GOP’s technical backwardness that there is still no comprehensive single site source for how to get the Speakership back in Republican hands and how to get to 51 senators. There isn’t a calendar for 2012, no comprehensive discussion of the rules governing primaries, and no solicitation of GOP members for opinions on where to hold the 2012 convention. American Crossroads will be a great supplement on the fundraising side, but engaging a highly motivated activist community should be job one, and it doesn’t seem to be getting done.

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