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News: NRCC raised $7.2M in December 2023

News: The NRCC raised $7.2 million in December 2023, a substantial sum that closes out a record $91.3 million fundraising year for the House GOP campaign arm. The year-long total is an NRCC record for a year before a presidential election.

The December tally follows the NRCC’s $9 million haul in November, which broke the November off-year record for the campaign committee.

The NRCC has $42.5 million on hand to close out the year.

In a nutshell, these numbers are the latest sign that House Republicans are getting their money operation back on track after a disastrous month in October. Of course, the ousting of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy paralyzed the GOP funding operation.

But Speaker Mike Johnson has taken steps to allay these concerns. Johnson’s $10.6 million fourth-quarter fundraising sum was a sign that the Louisiana Republican could raise money on the national stage.

Republicans are currently enjoying the smallest House majority in history and face an uphill battle to keep the chamber next cycle. But NRCC Chair Richard Hudson said in a statement that the latest numbers show that “Republicans hold the momentum to grow our House majority with historic fundraising and an incredible class of candidates.”

“Hakeem Jeffries should prepare himself for another long slog in the minority,” Hudson said.

— Max Cohen

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