McCarthy’s ground speech pays off as he becomes the first House GOP chief to launch a nationwide advertising blitz
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EXCLUSIVE: Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy’s record-breaking marathon speech earlier this month, which forced Democrats to delay final passage of their massive spending bill, not only won him praise from the former President Trump, but also helped fuel his already formidable fundraiser.
The longtime Bakersfield, Calif. Lawmaker raised more than $ 400,000 in contributions from more than 18,000 online donors in the days following his eight-and-a-half-hour speech which ran from Thursday, November 18 to evening. the next morning – the longest speech in House history.
McCarthy’s political team, which first shared the fundraising figures with Fox News on Tuesday, said more than $ 100,000 was transported within hours of immediately following the conclusion of the leader‘s speech. House GOP. And he also reported that around $ 17 million was raised by the Republican National Congressional Committee (NRCC) at its annual fundraising dinner, which was held this year on November 8 in Tampa, Fla. , and starring Trump.
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Funds provided to fundraising for the House GOP’s reelection arm, as well as fundraising after the speech, will support Republicans running in the 2022 midterm election, when the party only needs a net gain of five seats to regain the majority in the House that it lost. three years ago. And McCarthy’s spread of wealth in regards to his strong fundraising should also bear fruit in his quest to succeed Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
McCarthy’s raised $ 57.8 million in the first nine months of 2021, a non-election record for Republicans. “Kevin McCarthy has been our primary fundraiser, not just this cycle but the last cycle,” NRCC President Tom Emmer said when fundraising figures were first reported by Fox News in October.
The House GOP leader’s team pointed out that McCarthy transferred $ 19.4 million in the first nine months of the year to the NRCC, $ 8.3 million directly to GOP incumbents in very high seats. contested and $ 2.3 million to Republican parties.
“Kevin McCarthy is doing whatever it takes to take over the House, including raising a record breaking amount. Republicans are focused on the big win, so there is no doubt who will take the hammer,” said one senior GOP official at Fox News. “It’s no secret that raising record amounts of money to take over the House is one of the surest ways to garner support from GOP members and candidates.”
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McCarthy’s team says the Republican House leader this week becomes the first to launch a nationwide advertising blitz.
On the spot, who will help raise funds for GOP candidates running for next year’s midterm, McCarthy accuses “a year of Democratic control of Washington” has led to “shortages, inflation, crime, chaos, division and failure “. And speaking directly to the camera, he told his supporters that “together we can stop Joe Biden’s disastrous program. We can end the one-party rule, fire Nancy Pelosi and take our country back.”
The McCarthy Victory Fund announcement, which the House GOP frontman unveiled in an interview Monday night on Fox News’ “Hannity,” will air on Fox News, Newsmax, OANN and Conservative Radio.
McCarthy’s prosecution speech earned him a compliment from the former president, who remains extremely popular and influential with Republican voters and politicians as he continues to play a kingmaker role in party politics and teases a candidacy for the White House in 2024.
“Great job from Kevin McCarthy last night setting a record exceeding 8 hours of speeches in the House,” Trump said in a statement the next day.
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But late last week, the House GOP leader was attacked by first-year Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, a Trump loyalist.
“We know Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be a speaker,” Greene said on a podcast hosted by GOP Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, another staunch Trump supporter. “He doesn’t have the voices that are there because many of us are very unhappy with not holding Republicans to account.”
Greene put together a list of demands for McCarthy to gain his support as a speaker. Among them were the expulsion of anti-Trump GOP representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois from the House Republican Conference, and the removal of moderate Republican Representative John Katko from New York – an ally of McCarthy – its leadership position in internal security. Committee because of his vote to impeach Trump and his support for the bipartisan infrastructure law.
Days earlier, McCarthy had pushed back calls from some far-right Republicans to punish the 13 GOP lawmakers who voted for the infrastructure bill.
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Hours after his comments criticizing McCarthy, Greene tweeted that “I just got a great call with @GOPLeader. We spent time talking about fixing the issues not just at the conference, but for our country. likes what he has planned in advance. “
Either way, Greene’s initial criticism was a sign of the growing frustration some Trump loyalists in the House have with McCarthy. This could be a serious problem for McCarthy in his bid to get the president’s gavel if Republicans win back the House midway through next year. There are about 40 members of the far-right and fervently pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus, which helped deny McCarthy the presidency in 2015.
Not grabbing the same number of headlines, but also a concern for McCarthy is the feeling among some House GOP moderates that the Republican House leader is taking them for granted as they wonder if he is embracing what ‘they consider the party’s extreme right-wing extremists.
One way to downplay opposition to his presidential bid is to invest massive amounts of resources in order to win big in 2022.
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“Transferring money to party committees or donating money to other Republican campaigns is not only an important way to strengthen relationships, but it sends a clear signal to the rest of the caucus that you are doing Republican majority a top priority, ”noted longtime GOP strategist Brian Walsh. “Historically you have seen successful leaders in both parties do this.”
Walsh, a former GOP House and Senate communications director, pointed out that McCarthy has “recruited a lot of these people, he has developed relationships with them. It clearly shows that he sees their success as a priority, this which, in any business, helps that relationship. “