House GOP starts fundraising for vulnerable members

It’s never too early to start raising money.

House Republicans will hold a fundraiser in April to raise funds for the first 10 members of the 2007 Regaining Our Majority Program (ROMP), seven of whom are veterans who nearly lost their seats last November.

Reps. Deborah Pryce (Ohio), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Robin Hayes (N.C.), Heather Wilson (N.M.) and Joe Knollenberg (Mich.) eked out victories last cycle, several in states that turned a cold shoulder to the Republican Party last November. Reps. Jim GerlachJames (Jim) Gerlach2018 midterms: The blue wave or a red dawn? Pa. GOP 'disappointed' by rep retiring after filing deadline Pennsylvania Republican Costello won't seek reelection MORE (Pa.), Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertGOP super PAC targets House districts with new M ad buys Lawmakers reach deal on bill to crack down on synthetic opioid imports GOP lawmakers back discharge petition to force immigration votes MORE (Wash.), Jon Porter (Nev.) and Rick Renzi (Ariz.) are also included on the list, which was obtained by The Hill.

Freshman Peter Roskam (Ill.), who narrowly defeated Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth last year to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde (R), is the only freshman member listed.

The Capitol Club fundraiser will be held on April 25 and feature Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE (R-Ohio) as the special guest, with a minimum contribution of $1,000. Money raised is divided evenly among the participating members.

There are usually four ROMP events in each cycle. The first two raise funds for the most endangered incumbents, while the third allows for members and fundraisers to raise money to go on the offensive. The fourth tends to be a final push to raise money for members in desperate need of campaign funding.

ROMP was created by former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and has proved to be a powerful fundraising tool for the GOP.