Sen. Cornyn prods stingy colleagues

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynDeal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Senate must approve Justice Served Act to achieve full potential of DNA evidence The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE (Texas), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is making a final push to prod his colleagues to contribute more to the mission to capture the Senate.

Senior Senate Democrats have shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars from their campaign funds to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) this election cycle, ranking among its biggest donors. 

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Republicans, however, do not rank among the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) biggest donors, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group tracking fundraising. 

This has been a source of frustration for Cornyn, who invited colleagues to NRSC headquarters last week to emphasize the disparity in generosity between Democratic and Republican senators. 

“The Democrats have always been more aggressive at that than we have. What I did is I showed them what they’ve done and I showed them where the gap was and challenged them to step up,” he told The Hill. 

Cornyn said he showed colleagues a slide illustrating how much Democratic senators gave compared to Republicans. 

Twelve of the DSCC’s 22 biggest donors this cycle are Democratic senators, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

The biggest donor is Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), whose Dan 10 fundraising committee gave $600,000 to the committee through the end of May. 

Second on the list is retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who gave $386,000 from his Friends of Kent Conrad campaign fund. 

“I was helped to get elected by the DSCC, so I’ve always been helpful to it, and we have a lot of close races and a lot of people who I believe in who are up for reelection, and I want to do everything I can to help them,” said Conrad. 

Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDeal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE Senate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting MORE (D-Ill.) has given $335,000 from his Durbin for Congress Committee, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John KerryJohn Forbes KerryJohn Kerry: Trump 'surrendered lock, stock and barrel' to Putin's deceptions Get ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks Will Democrats realize that Americans are tired of war? MORE (D-Mass.) gave $350,000 from his John Kerry for Senate fund. 

Aside from Conrad, who is leaving Congress after December, the biggest donors are committee chairmen eager to keep their gavels or someone with eyes on a powerful panel chairmanship. 

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusJudge boots Green Party from Montana ballot in boost to Tester Clients’ Cohen ties become PR liability Green Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana MORE (D-Mont.) gave $150,000 from his campaign fund; Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinDem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Trump should require federal contractors to follow the law MORE (D-Iowa) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinConservatives see Kethledge as 'Gorsuch 2.0' How House Republicans scrambled the Russia probe Congress dangerously wields its oversight power in Russia probe MORE (D-Mich.) each gave $150,000. 

DSCC Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Top Dems urge Trump officials to reverse suspension of ObamaCare payments Dems launch pressure campaign over migrant families MORE (Wash.) gave $125,000 from her own campaign funds, while Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenNovartis pulls back on planned drug price increases The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting Meet the woman who is Trump's new emissary to Capitol Hill MORE (D-Ore.), who is in line to take over the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee if Democrats hang on to the Senate majority, gave $110,000 from his Wyden for Senate fund. 

Commerce Committee Chairman Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Overnight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term MORE (D-W.Va.), who could face a difficult reelection race in 2014, gave $100,000 from his campaign fund, a sign that he might be contemplating retirement instead of hoarding cash for another campaign. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Budget chairs press appropriators on veterans spending Kavanaugh paper chase heats up MORE (D-Vt.) and Sen. Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.) both gave $100,000 from their campaign funds. 

“We appreciate everything that members of our caucus are doing to help us keep our majority in November,” said Shripal Shah, DSCC press secretary. “We didn’t start off this cycle with the friendliest map, but thanks to the strong backing of our caucus, we are in a much stronger position heading into the fall.” 

The list of the NRSC’s top donors paints a very different picture. Not a single Republican senator ranks among the NRSC’s 20 biggest donors for the 2012 election cycle, according to the most recent data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. 

The committee’s biggest donor so far this cycle is Goldman Sachs. Its employees have given more than $250,000 through May.

Cornyn is trying to change that in the final months of the campaign.

“That’s why the policy lunch was at NRSC. He made another big push for participation,” said a GOP strategist. 

While Republican senators have not given tens of thousands of dollars from their campaign funds, they have helped in other ways.  

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has in the past sparked the irritation of his leaders by sitting on a huge campaign war chest and giving little to the Senate Republican fundraising committee. 

Cornyn approached Shelby, the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, and asked him to consider donating his time to the campaign effort. Shelby rewarded the request by recently hosting a fundraising event with Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsKey GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment With new immigration policy, Trump administration gutting the right to asylum Homeland Security advisory council members resign over family separations: report MORE (R-Ala.) in Huntsville, Ala., that raised a large sum. Shelby has also hosted several events for the committee in New York City, a financial-services hub where he holds significant sway.

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