The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is pushing GOP lawmakers to raise $26 million for the committee's campaign coffers as part of a major effort to keep control of the House.
Dubbed the "Battleground," the fundraising push will be spearheaded by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), The Hill confirmed. Assisting Hensarling will be Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.), Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).
The NRCC's fundraising drives comes as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has outraised its GOP counterpart, a feat the Dems repeated in May.
The NRCC announced it raised $6 million in May and has added $5.7 million to its fall ad reservations, bringing the overall total to $23.9 million.
The DCCC, meanwhile, announced Tuesday morning that it raised $6.7 million this month. Dems have already reserved $46.1 million in airtime so far, outpacing the NRCC.
The NRCC has $33.8 million cash on hand, leading the DCCC's $27.5 million.
The biggest beneficiary of the new NRCC ad reservations is Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), whose district became much more competitive in redistricting — the House GOP campaign arm reserved $1.7 million on his behalf in San Diego. The group also put down $1.6 million in Philadelphia, which covers a number of potentially competitive races, and $900,000 against Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.), a top GOP target whose district became much more Republican in redistricting.
Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) will get $800,000 in air support, Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) will get a half-million dollars in aid in his race against fellow Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), and freshman Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) will get $300,000 in help, if the initial reservations aren't changed.
Politico first reported the expanded reservation and new push for donations.
— This story was updated at 10:05 a.m.