GOP Congressional Committee Chair: Goal Is To ‘Raise A S*** Ton Of Money’

AP

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee has a simple plan for holding onto the GOP’s House majority in 2018: “Raise a shit ton of money.”

“I intend to hold onto and grow the majority,” Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) told the Washington Examiner in an interview published Monday.

“I’ve devised a pretty simple strategy for the folks here for the 2018 election,” he continued. “It’s, and this is a technical term, raise a shit ton of money. No. 2, use that money to expand the playing field on the Democrats. There are 12 seats that Trump carried that the Democrats sit in.”

Stivers, currently serving his fourth term in Congress, was elected by his Republican colleagues to lead the party’s congressional fundraising arm in mid-November of last year.

His financial ambitions — what he called a “shock and awe budget” — could be considered antithetical to those of President Donald Trump, who railed against the corrosive influence of money in politics in 2016 and often bragged that his campaign was relatively frugal.

Then again, Trump delivered the keynote address at a fundraising dinner for the NRCC on March 21. It raised $30 million in one night, according to the group.

H/t Teagan Goddard.

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