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McConnell boasted that GOP group had outraised Trump's: report

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week Masks shed at White House; McConnell: 'Free at last' MORE (R-Ky.) privately boasted on Wednesday that the GOP’s Senate Leadership Fund had outraised former President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE’s super PAC in 2020, The New York Times reported, amid the former president's targeting of Republican fundraising efforts.

McConnell made the remarks at a weekly party lunch following a presentation by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), three people briefed on the lunch told the Times. 

The Kentucky Republican reportedly said the funds raised by the Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC that typically supports incumbent Republican senators, last year had surpassed Trump’s America First PAC.

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McConnell cited data that he presented on small cards titled “Super PAC money raised” that said “Total: $612+ million” and “In 3 cycles: nearly $1 billion.” Under that were the words “Trump: $148+ million.”

McConnell’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Jason Miller, an adviser to Trump, told the Times that he dismissed the suggestion that the former president led to the losses of two Senate seats in Georgia, which cost Republicans the majority, casting blame on the minority leader for not supporting a heftier COVID-19 relief bill. 

“A better side-by-side comparison would be the $2,000 stimulus checks that the Democrat candidates promised in Georgia versus the $600 stimulus checks that the Republicans offered, which led to us losing both seats,” Miller said. “Just think, if we had done that one thing differently, Republicans would be in control of the Senate right now.”

Over the weekend, lawyers for Trump sent cease-and-desist letters to the Republican National Committee (RNC), the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the NRSC requesting they stop using his name and likeness for fundraising efforts. 

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The RNC initially dismissed the letters, but in the past few days, Trump has doubled down, releasing two statements calling for his supporters and Republicans to donate to his Save America PAC instead of to the GOP fundraising arms. 

In both his statements, Trump called out "RINOS," referring to "Republicans in name only," and condemned the GOP fundraising bodies for supporting such lawmakers. 

“I fully support the Republican Party and important GOP Committees, but I do not support RINOs and fools, and it is not their right to use my likeness or image to raise funds,” he said in a Tuesday statement. 

Scott, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielDetroit police chief planning GOP gubernatorial run against Whitmer New York Post deletes story alleging Kamala Harris book given to migrant children Virginia GOP reverses course, will let those with religious obligations cast absentee votes for Saturday convention MORE and NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms House GOP campaign arm adds to target list Minnesota takes joy in beating New York for last House seat MORE (R-Minn.) released a joint statement in response on Tuesday that said the committees “are grateful for President Trump’s support, both past and future.”