Top House Republican Chastises His Troops Over Poor Fundraising: ‘They Are Kicking Our Ass’

Kevin McCarthy

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called out House Republicans during a closed meeting this week over their lackluster fundraising numbers. McCarthy bluntly told Republicans that the Democrats are “kicking our ass” according to a report from Politico

The Republican House leader made the remarks during a Tuesday morning meeting at the Capitol Hill Club — a swanky GOP meeting spot just steps from the Capitol Hill dome. Speaking to his members, McCarthy said, “They are kicking our ass,” referring to the Democrats.

The Democrats’ House fundraising efforts are spearheaded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Over the course of 2019, Pelosi raised more money than the entire National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and she pumped a lot of that money back into her committee’s war chest.

In a press release in mid-January, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Lucinda Guinn, said, “Our staggering fundraising advantage ensures House Democrats will have the resources to hold Mitch McConnell and Washington Republicans accountable for doing the work of special interests, especially when it hurts hardworking American families.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) posted an incredible year, raising over $110 million while the NRCC raised only $77 million. That figure also landed during inner-party strife for the Democrats. Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has publicly said that she won’t pay her dues to the DCCC because she doesn’t approve of some of their positions. 

The NRCC has come under criticism over the past few months for its ethics. In early January, the DCCC filed an ethics complaint, saying that the NRCC had their employees chasing Democratic members of Congress around Capitol Hill. A few months before that, Capitol Hill police were called on NRCC operatives after they left suspicious packages outside the offices of Democrats.

McCarthy’s tough talk isn’t the first time that Republican leadership in the lower chamber has scolded their members.

During a breakfast in mid-January, NRCC Chair Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) told Republicans, “Our members need to get their act together and raise more money. The individual campaigns need to raise more money. They can’t expect somebody else is going to do it for them.”


  1. Well there’s a bell of a lot more hardworking American families now than three years ago!

  2. Money keeps pouring into the RNC; a strong indication the majority are supporting the Republican agenda and not the Commie plan to destroy the US with such asinine pipe dreams as the Marxist bar maid’s Green Nutty Deal and Commie Bernie’s Medicare for All (costs totaling $114 TRILLION over 10 years subtracted from the $40 TRILLION the IRS takes in in taxes. Fascists still using fuzzy math from their indoctrination classes.)

    1. “McCarthy bluntly told Republicans that the Democrats are “kicking our ass”” Article

      “Money keeps pouring into the RNC” Confused James The Projectionist

      Oh no! Who should we believe, an insider who sounds worried about how things are progressing in this campaign or you, a known very confused person?

  3. Tip for American Fascists:

    Look to AOC and Bernie on how to raise lots of cash not tied to political compromizes.

    1. Oh, it looks as if a few members here want to keep the RNC broke and behind. That’s O.K. by me.

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