House GOP seeing Palin fundraising impact

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears already to be helping Republicans down the GOP ticket.

Palin’s addition to the GOP presidential ticket has resulted in a modest fundraising increase and a dramatic increase in the number of individual donors to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the committee reported on Tuesday.

A total of 2,420 individuals contributed $247,000 online from Sept. 1 to Sept. 8, an average of $101.24 per donor, according to numbers released by the committee. NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said the number was significantly higher than the online fundraising during the 2006 election cycle.

“Gov. Palin’s widespread popularity has not only strengthened and energized the top of the Republican ticket, but it has had a residual effect at the congressional level that is evident not only on the fundraising side, but in the recent shift in the generic ballot as well,” Spain said.

House candidates are counting on Palin’s popularity translating into dollars. During his speech to the Republican National Convention, NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) said the fate of House GOPers largely depends on the top of the ticket.

During a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference Tuesday morning, rank-and-file members continued to press their colleagues to work hard to finance the battleground campaigns that will only get more expensive as Election Day draws closer.

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) gave $100,000, an amount she raised despite caring for her terminally ill husband over the August recess.

“It is important that we support the NRCC. I know I couldn’t have gotten here without their support,” she said in an interview with The Hill. “If I could do it even with my husband in a hospice … there are some members who need to step up to the plate.”

Reps. Phil GingreyJohn (Phil) Phillip Gingrey2017's top health care stories, from ObamaCare to opioids Beating the drum on healthcare Former GOP chairman joins K Street MORE (R-Ga.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas.) gave $200,000 and $100,000, respectively.