Senate Republicans set up 'affiliated' party committee
Senate Republicans set up a fundraising committee apart from the state party's long-standing apparatus. This will give lawmakers more control over how campaign funds are raised and spent.Posted — Updated
"We're going to continue working at and working with the state party," said Ray Martin, the Senate Republican Caucus' director.
Martin said the new committee would be a vehicle to help fellow GOP senators and candidates should one be needed.
"I don't think any decision has been made on how or if to utilize it," he said.
One key change made in the legislation to appease critics allows the the caucus as a whole to choose someone to manage the funds rather than simply putting it in the hands of the party's top leader in a particular chamber.
The new Senate Republican committee was seeded with $10,000 from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger's account. It will be able to raise money from Senate members to target toward key races. In theory, such committees could get involved in primaries, contrary to party rules that require official GOP organs to stay neutral.
"We have no concerns over the new Senate Committee as the Party and Senate caucus are working closer together now than ever before," said North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett. "This year, the Party worked in tandem with the Senate to assist the caucus recruit several candidates, increasing the total number of Republican contested races from 41 in 2014 to 44 in 2016. Further, Senator Berger is engaged with the overall Party structure, helping ensure the Party has the necessary funds to move towards victory. We will continue to work together everyday and see that we elect our Republican candidates come November."
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