Sen. Cornyn prods stingy colleagues

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Hoyer suggests Dems won't support spending bill without DACA fix 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 DurbinMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Ex-Sheriff David Clarke: Trump only one who 'cares about black American citizens' DHS chief takes heat over Trump furor MORE (D-Ill.) has given $335,000 from his Durbin for Congress Committee, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFeehery: Oprah Dem presidential bid unlikely Dem hopefuls flock to Iowa Change in Iran will only come from its people — not the United States 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 BaucusSteady American leadership is key to success with China and Korea Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate Canada crossing fine line between fair and unfair trade MORE (D-Mont.) gave $150,000 from his campaign fund; Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinOrrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate Democrats are all talk when it comes to DC statehood The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Iowa) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinCongress: The sleeping watchdog Congress must not give companies tax reasons to move jobs overseas A lesson on abuse of power by Obama and his Senate allies MORE (D-Mich.) each gave $150,000. 

DSCC Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayCDC director to miss fourth hearing because of potential ethics issues Week ahead: Lawmakers near deal on children's health funding Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare MORE (Wash.) gave $125,000 from her own campaign funds, while Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenWeek ahead: Senate takes up surveillance bill This week: Time running out for Congress to avoid shutdown Senate Finance Dems want more transparency on trade from Trump 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 RockefellerOvernight 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 Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers 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 LeahyNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle McConnell to Dems: Don't hold government 'hostage' over DACA Nielsen acknowledges Trump used 'tough language' in immigration meeting 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 SessionsSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants DOJ wades into archdiocese fight for ads on DC buses Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector 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.

Sens. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissLobbying World Former GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ga.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Senate Intel chairman: No need for committee to interview Bannon McConnell: Russia probe must stay bipartisan to be credible MORE (R-N.C.) have contributed their time by co-chairing the outreach effort to political action committees, and Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteLessons from Alabama: GOP, throw out the old playbook The Hill's 12:30 Report Explaining Democratic victories: It’s gun violence, stupid MORE (R-N.H.) and Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy Isakson'Apprentice' winner Randal Pinkett on Trump: 'No question in my mind he’s a racist' GOP senator: Trump 'owes the people of Haiti and all of mankind an apology' Reforming veterans health care for all generations of veterans MORE (R-Ga.) have co-chaired a program to recruit support from young professionals.