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Posted at 2:55 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Top RNC aide quits, slams Steele over fundraising

By Emi Kolawole

Gentry Collins resigned his post Tuesday as the Republican National Committee's political director, leaving behind a letter blaming Chairman Michael S. Steele for fundraising shortfalls and for the failure to make more dramatic gains in the midterm elections.

The four page letter, which Collins released publicly, details what he describes as fundraising and organizational problems at the RNC. "In the previous two non-presidential cycles, the RNC carried over $4.8 million and $3.1 million respectively in cash reserve balances into the presidential cycles," he wrote. "In stark contrast, we enter the 2012 presidential cycle with 100% of the RNC's $15 million in lines of credit tapped out, and unpaid bills likely to add millions to that debt."

The letter -- portions of which are underlined for emphasis -- details how the RNC failed to meet its goals and obligations for the 2010 election cycle. Nearly every point in the letter serves a dual purpose: to outline the significant challenges faced by the organization and to rebut claims Steele has made to defend his tenure as chairman.

Collins lays out the following main points:

-- The RNC "allowed the major donor base to wither," with less than 10 percent of its 2010 total coming in contributions of $1,000 or more, and increased the cost-per-dollar raised from 50 cents to 70 cents. Collins does not mention that this is the first midterm election cycle since 2002 in which the White House was occupied by a Democrat. He says the contributions raised could not be credited to "personal solicitations by the chairman."

-- "Too much of the nearly 30-cents-on-the-dollar not spent on fundraising was spent on things other than winning elections," writes Collins. He says the party's $15 million credit line is "tapped out," and "unpaid bills [are] likely to add millions to that debt."

-- The RNC "did not field a fully funded statewide operation in any state unless it had an at-large congressional district or targeted congressional districts covering the entire state." Collins cites a study by the political research firm Davis Intelligence Group that indicates the GOP could have won Senate races in Washington and Colorado. He says the GOP could have also won the governorships in Connecticut, Minnesota and Vermont and been competitive for an additional 21 House seats "if not for lack of funds."

-- The RNC's direct-to-candidate contributions in 2010 amounted to 13 percent of those made in 2006, he wrote.

-- According to Collins, the Republican Governors Association picked up the ball where the RNC dropped it. "Republican candidates benefited not only from a very good political environment, driving success this cycle, but were also fortunate to have other entities helping to fulfill the traditional functions of the RNC," Collins wrote. "As we consider the 2012 cycle and the importance of denying a second term to Barack Obama, we cannot rely on this kind of help again."

While Steele has not said whether he will run for another term as chairman, the revelations -- from a respected and loyal RNC senior staff member no less -- may make a re-election bid significantly more difficult. In the meantime, one Republican has formally announced that he will run against Steele, while others are expected to join what is likely to be a crowded field.

(h/t Politico)

By Emi Kolawole  | November 16, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
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Posted by: abulaw | November 16, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: abulaw | November 16, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: abulaw | November 16, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: abulaw | November 16, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: abulaw | November 16, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here. Will Rush and Company(Fox News) back Mr. Steele?

Posted by: msgbill | November 16, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here. Will Rush and Company(Fox News) back Mr. Steele?

Posted by: msgbill | November 16, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

"Et tu, Brutus?"

Julius Caesar
______________

This scene looks very familiar to Mr. Steele; all the reason he thinks he should be re-elected to the RNC chair are systematically placed out of his reach via resignation of an "ally". The knives are drawn and the murderers smell Steele's blood.

Posted by: meldupree | November 16, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The RNC can depend on those Conservative Secret Campaign Donors.

Oh, but wait!

I forgot, those donations are being funneled into those Conservative 501c Activist Group "front houses", i.e., Citizens United, Liberty Central, et al that the Activist conservative Justices Scalia and Thomas said were OK for Corporations, along with the other activist judges.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | November 16, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Dude Democratic fund raising was down too. Didn't you hear, Bush left us in the Great Depression. People can't donate during a Depression. But we're steadily coming out of it. I'm sure your fund raising will increase in 2012. Settle down!

Posted by: madstamina | November 16, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Gentry?

Posted by: JohnRice | November 16, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

So, according to Collins, the Republican Party took a hefty budget surplus, spent every available cent, then kept right on spending their way to a huge budget deficit.

Can someone please tell me why Collins would find this surprising?

Posted by: exco | November 16, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

stop picking on the republicans for always running a deficit. They didn't always do that ... anybody remember Nixon? The last republican budget surplus was in '69

Posted by: eezmamata | November 16, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Steele is doing a GREAT job. The Republicans should keep him. He personifies Republican virtues. And no way, just no way is he a Socialist. Heckuva job, Mikey.

Posted by: DavidH3 | November 16, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

This guy is missing the larger point. The RNC doesn't NEED small donors now that unlimited corporate and billionaire support has been declared a constitutional right by the GOP majority on the Supreme Court. Our political system has tilted to the wealthy and powerful for a long time; now it is going to be bought by the wealthy lock, stock and barrel. Only Democrats need to worry about small donations now because they don't have enough billionaires to counteract the Kochs and Murdochs out there.

Posted by: tboyer33 | November 16, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Will Uncle Tom Steele go out with a bang ...
(organ swell ...)
or a whimper?

Tune in next week for another episode of

"As the Token Turns"

Posted by: daveque | November 16, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Will Uncle Tom Steele go out with a bang ...
(organ swell ...)
or a whimper?

Tune in next week for another episode of

"As the Token Turns"

Posted by: daveque | November 16, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Whispers | November 16, 2010 4:18 PM:
Now that Republicans no longer need their token negro, the race to dump Michael Steele has just begun.

----------------------------------------------------
How typically ignorant of some to always try to change the real issue to one of race.
Get a life "Whispers" and start realizing that people are people -- It is clear that Steele has not had a smooth ride with many of his too casual remarks, his "buddy" references and a couple of indiscretions as he made appearances to promote his book.

The criticism of him has nothing to do with race -- and enlightened people, unlike you, do not have to resort to that imbecilic response at every opportunity.
Pathetic.

Posted by: pjcafe | November 16, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

That pretty much does it. Now there is absolutely no difference between the GOP and Democratic Party. Both are disorganized, factious organizations that revel in petty infighting and partisanship.
Kind of makes me proud to be an independent, but a little ashamed that these goons are in charge of the country.

Posted by: dparks2 | November 16, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Dude didn't get with the program.

Posted by: phvr38 | November 16, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are destroying America.

Posted by: walker1 | November 16, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...started out with a budget surplus and ended up with a deficit.

Where have I heard that before?

Posted by: keithrjackson | November 16, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Now that Republicans no longer need their token negro, the race to dump Michael Steele has just begun.

Posted by: Whispers | November 16, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Gentry Collins. What a beautiful name for a party of the landed gentry aristocrats.

Posted by: sthomas1957 | November 16, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

...so, he's saying that if more people had given money to the Republicans, they could have won more seats in the past election?

Well, the solution is simple: GOPers need to stop requesting to get paid for campaigning and advising GOP politicians. Make them all work as volunteers and spend all the money on advertising. Make that one of the new terms of the GOP litmus test :)

Posted by: chucklebuck | November 16, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Keep Steele, he's a perfect symbol for the GOP- a free-spending leech who's never held a private-sector position in his life.

Posted by: hairguy01 | November 16, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

And this is the Party we believe can fix our economy?

Posted by: haymarketbill | November 16, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Listen US Rep Party. Mikey Steele is known in Maryland as having been a do nothing politician. His only real claim to fame is having been selected by Gov. Ehrlich to serve as Lt. Gov., a post he literally just held for our years. His only reason to be on the ticket is that he is black in a heavily black Dem state. He did NOTHING as Lt Gov other than bask in the perks of the job. He really knows how to spend $$$ on himself. Mikey Steele never goes on the cheap; every thing is 1st class, from private jets, to high price hotels. As a died in the wool Democrat, I love seeing Mikey literally hold up (rob) the Rep Party. Keep him in for another cycle, please?!

Posted by: Woodie731 | November 16, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

And this is the Party we believe can fix our economy?

Posted by: haymarketbill | November 16, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

who cares about the RNC and their $5 million or so to spend when you have the Koch brothers spending $100 million a year forcing their conservative views on elections and candidates?

Posted by: MarilynManson | November 16, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse


Steele has the gift of the gab. A dilletante and a politician in a perpetual state of self promotion he tries to make a lemonade out of every lemon his big mouth creates. Steele is a big spender and a deep believer that he is entitled to royal treatment at someone expense. His inability to make a living and his propensity to live his means was solved when he became the Prince George's County GOP Chairman and then Lt. Governor in the administration of Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich. For the past ten years Steele has lived a life that most American dream only courtesy of Republicans like John Kane, Biob Ehrlich and Ellen Saeurbrey.

Gentry Collins' letter of resignation recapitulates a recurring pattern in the ontogenesis of a Maryland politician who, like Spiro Agnew, rocketed from complete obscurity, hard times and perennial controversy (all caused by his profligate lifestyle) to the national stage. Experience tell us that his days in the limelight, just like it was with Spiro Agnew, are numbered although he will find another unsavory way to live the good life.

Posted by: GoodAmerican | November 16, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have NEVER been "conservative"! It's only a "joke word" they use to con any middle class votes they are trying to seduce. Just LOOK at the deficits left by each party as they get kicked out! The Republicans have ALWAYS left us DEEP in debt! They enjoy living beyond OUR means! It simply makes for a great come-on line during election times. Bush was the WORST spendthrift in the history of our country, and his Dad wasn't far behind him! Eisenhower was one of the better Republican budgeters! Overall, Republicans are selfishly wasteful!! NOT on the poor, but on themselves. They have all sorts of sneaky ways to squander the money into their own pockets and investments.

Posted by: Maerzie | November 16, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Sound like a few too many trips to the lesbian bondage clubs for the heads of the "family values" party?

Well, I'm sure now that John Roberts has put the U.S. up for auction on eBay, a few nice anonymous multinationals will come in and bail the GOP out, in exchange for owning the government. The people will lose, but at least the RNC will be taken care of!

Posted by: B2O2 | November 16, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

In the meaantime, Steele REALLY had a lavishly great time, while the party dwindled into nothingness. Without the BILLIONS of the new corporat "person", the Republicans couldn't have BOUGHT their way out of a paper bag!

Posted by: Maerzie | November 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse


I don't understand why he quit. I guess he was just that angry, but at least he was telling the truth.

I see how Steele worked it now, he knew he was just a patsy cause they needed a black guy to bad mouth the POTUS, so to get even, Steele spent all the RNC's money -- on himself -- not on getting Republicans elected.

It's just more proof that Republicans are NOT conservative, and they just use the word for to try to win elections.


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Swaggart and Hugh Grant emcee next GOP fundraiser;
Lordy, lordy, we won't waste your fool's tiding on sex! ;^)

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | November 16, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Need any more proof that money buys elections?

Posted by: HillRat | November 16, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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