Disgruntled Freedom Caucus Members Stiff GOP Campaign Arm Over Dues

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September 20, 2016 11:08 a.m.

Some members of the Freedom Caucus and other staunch conservatives are withholding their dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to a Politico report, putting financial strain on the committee charged with electing Republicans to the House.

Many of the disgruntled conservatives believe the NRCC inherently favors more moderate candidates.

The shortfall in the House Republicans’ campaign budget—although not entirely attributable to delinquent dues by conservatives and Freedom Caucus members—is more than $10 million, according to Republicans who spoke to Politico. Dozens of other Republicans also haven’t paid their dues, concerned with their own costly races.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) told Politico that he has a “principled objection” to paying dues. “There’s a group that’s still smarting from the fact some of our own
went after us,” Mulvaney said. “We’ll be damned if we’re going to put money back in their hands.”

House Democrats out fundraised Republicans by more than $11 million combined in July and August, according to Politico.

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