The Republican Party has put together a massive grassroots effort since early 2017 as it tries to keep its House majority in the November midterm elections, and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has given tens of millions of dollars to the project.
A Politico report Thursday detailed the effort, which is spearheaded by the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF). The super PAC was founded in 2011 and has close ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The CLF is designed to help Republicans get elected to the House and has brought in $71 million in contributions during the current midterm elections cycle, Politico reported. Adelson has given $30 million to the group.
The midterms project has 34 offices across the country, each one helping a Republican candidate in a closely contested House race. Four thousand student volunteers have visited more than 10 million homes to spread the word about GOP candidates.
"We have to do everything bigger and better to have a chance," CLF executive director Corry Bliss told Politico. "If we do the same BS, cookie-cutter ads, we're going to lose."
The effort also includes research and digital teams, but the old-fashioned methods of making phone calls and talking to voters face to face are used extensively. Members of GOP leadership are also using their clout to raise money and sway voters.
Democrats are aiming to regain control of the House this fall, which will require picking up 23 seats. In the Senate, Republicans have a two-seat advantage. Some in the Republican Party are nervous, although President Donald Trump is confident his party will stay in control.
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