Hard-line conservatives are refusing to donate to the National Republican Congressional Committee to help defend the party's House majority in 2014.
Records are showing that at least eight of the most outspoken figures involved in the recent effort to defund Obamacare, resulting in a government shutdown, have given no money, while others have given only small amounts, Politico reports
Republican strategists are complaining that the lawmakers' refusal to contribute makes it appear members don’t care about advancing the party's cause.
The lack of contributions may be because of alliances to the tea party, which says it backs its grassroots supporters, not Washington's tradition of business as usual.
Most members of the House GOP Conference are expected to pay dues to the NRCC, but get leeway sometimes if they're running for re-election. But in this case, many tea party favorites have not donated at all.
Those who haven't donated include Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, one of the more outspoken lawmakers concerning the budget and debt, who voted against the final deal to reopen the government. According to the Federal Election Commission, Amash has not given to the committee at any other time during his two terms in office.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann also has not donated. She is not seeking re-election, but she hasn't spent from her $1.7 million war chest to give to the NRCC, Politico reports.
Idaho Rep. Paul Labrador has refused to dip into his $300,000 political account, and so has Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who has more than $260,000.
Three others, including freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Georgia Rep. Tom Graves and Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, have given no money to the committee, but some members may end up donating later, like Graves, who gave a $120,000 donation just weeks before the last election.
Some outspoken Republicans, though, have given to the NRCC, including Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, with a $45,000 donation.
The NRCC did not comment on those who hadn’t donated, but thanked those who had.
“Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden and the rest of our leadership team in the House have personally put in extraordinary time and effort to ensure that Republicans have the resources necessary to go up against the Obama-Pelosi machine,” NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is outraising the NRCC, reporting an $8.4 million haul in September, The National Journal reports
. That compares with the $5.3 million collected last month by the NRCC, which was outraised by House Democrats even though the GOP controls the House.
So far this year, the DCCC has raised $58.2 million and has $21.6 million available, compared to the NRCC's $15.7 million cash on hand.
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