On the NRSC’s Responsiveness to Its Donors

Two weeks ago, as I did with the NRCC Chairman, I sent a letter to Senator Jerry Moran (R, KS), Chairman of the National Republican Senate Campaign.

16 November 2013

8432 Mesa Verde
Plano, TX 75025

Re: NRSC Survey and Contribution Request, “Monday, 8:37 AM (~4 Nov 2013)

Senator Jerry Moran
National Republican Senatorial Committee
320 First St, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Dear Senator Moran,

I’ve received your letter requesting contributions to the NRSC, together with its enclosed survey, but I have concerns.

I had, also, received your earlier survey, identifiable to me by the document control number and my name and address on it.  In filling out this survey and sending in a $500 check, I added some comments to various of the questions.  Even though the NRSC cashed that check on 1 November—more than two weeks ago—I’ve yet to receive any response to those comments.

I’ve filled out—with comments—your enclosed leadership survey, but given the NRSC’s apparent reluctance to respond to concerns raised by your correspondents, why is it useful for me to send any more money to your organization?

I look forward to your early response, and thank you for your time.


Eric Hines

Moran, like Walden, has chosen not to respond.  Since the NRSC does not listen to its donors, either, but expects us, instead, simply to pony up like the NRCC’s Democrat ATM, I have to question to wisdom of sending our scarce and hard-earned dollars to this crowd, too.

What’s our alternative?  It’s the same: look hard at the Tea Party candidates in your area.  If that one fits, send your scarce and hard-earned dollars directly to that person’s campaign organization.

Remember, still, the Buckley Rule, and take it to heart: support the most conservative candidate available who’s actually electable.  It does us no good to vote for someone who cannot win, even if he fits our criteria to a T.  If that one isn’t electable, we just give the seat to a Democrat.  The establishment Republican candidate might have been a better choice than Todd Akin in Missouri, for instance, or than Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, or than Sharon Angle in Nevada.  Of course that’s harder to assess in real time than in hind sight: vet carefully.

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