The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle published an article yesterday (May 27) about national officials who donate funds back to either the DCCC or the or the NRCC. It said:
Each election cycle, Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives send tens of millions of dollars of campaign money to their respective national campaign committees. Lawmakers view the payments as “dues” that help the committees fight for control of the House.
The funds from the incumbents will be used to help those candidates who are in tight races and/or not raising the money needed to be competitive.
Although our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed gave $84,367 to the NRCC in the 2013-2014 election cycle, he have given $0 of his $1.9 million he has received in donations in this cycle. Reed’s campaign spokesman said that she didn’t know if he would contribute this year or not.
The article points out the members of certain committees, like the Ways and Means Committee that Reed sits on, are expected to contribute more.
Reed contends he is a team player. Maybe he is waiting to see if the mainstream GOP supports the Trump candidacy before he parts with the funds donated to his campaign by PACS ($1.1 million as of March 31), out of district donors ($430,000) and in district donors ($148,000).
Maybe he is waiting to see if he is a “receiver of funds” this year. Or maybe he is saving his money for more personal attacks on John Plumb.