In a surprising turn of events, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) experienced a massive boost in fundraising after Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson secured the speakership. The NRCC raised a staggering $175,000 just two days after Johnson took the gavel, and the momentum continued throughout the weekend, with a total of over $475,000 raised. This marked the committee’s best online fundraising day in over 18 months and set a new record for the 2024 season.
NRCC has best fundraising day in over 18 months after Mike Johnson wins speakership https://t.co/pJjtQTDERH
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 30, 2023
Jack Pandol, the NRCC communications director, praised Speaker Johnson’s impact on the fundraising efforts, stating, “Speaker Johnson is off to a hot start in the money game. The NRCC is proud to partner with our Speaker to ensure we have the resources to grow our majority.” A significant portion of the fundraising haul came from emails signed by Johnson himself. Additionally, more than 10% of the committee’s new donors for the 2024 cycle were acquired over the weekend.
This impressive fundraising success follows the NRCC’s previous triumphs under Kevin McCarthy’s leadership. McCarthy played a crucial role in bringing in over $40 million during the 2022 cycle and more than $20 million ahead of the 2024 elections. However, some Republicans have expressed concerns over Johnson’s ability to help members secure reelection in 2024. Politico reports that Johnson has only raised $600,000 during this cycle, including his congressional campaign and leadership PAC.
Rep. Johnson’s path to the speakership was not without its challenges. He became the House GOP’s fourth nominee after a contentious three-week vacancy resulting from McCarthy’s ousting on October 3. Despite the obstacles, Johnson has a strong track record, having served in the House since 2017 and winning by double digits. He currently holds positions on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Armed Services Committee.
As of now, Rep. Johnson has yet to respond to requests for comment. However, the NRCC remains optimistic about his ability to galvanize fundraising efforts and ensure the growth of the party’s majority. With ample resources at its disposal, the NRCC seems poised for success in the upcoming 2024 elections.