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Donate your money to conservatives, not the RNC

Sure, there’s a lot of momentum on the side of the Republican party these days, but I refuse to give in completely to the optimism.  And it’s because of crap like this:

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers – expenses that are infuriating the party’s major donors who say Republicans need every penny they can get for the fight to win back Congress.

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A POLITICO analysis of expenses found that compared with 2005, the last comparable year preceding a midterm election, the committee’s payments for charter flights doubled; the number of sedan contractors tripled, and meal expenses jumped from $306,000 to $599,000.

“Michael Steele is an imperial chairman,” said one longtime Republican fundraiser. “He flies in private aircraft. He drives in private cars. He has private consultants that are paid ridiculous retainers. He fancies himself a presidential candidate and wants all of the trappings and gets them by using other people’s money.”

Stories like this are not new.  In my first post about my dislike for Michael Steele, I linked to this great piece by John Batchelor, and it’s worth another read in light of the Politico story:

Cash is the blood of partisanship, and without it you are in for an endless Night of the Living Dead.

In an adult world, where hirelings are accountable for their record, the whole apparatus deserves the boot with Steele—after a scrupulous audit of those 2009 consulting contracts determines where the money really went. An RNC official recently moaned that the empty till is “really troubling,” which sounds the same sort of charming defeatism as Mr. Micawber’s when he realized that “twenty pounds’ income” and “twenty ought and six expenses” must result in misery.

[Michael Steele is] so ineffective at gathering and husbanding cash that the GOP prospects for the 2010 election are now ordinary and could soon be disastrous.

Ignore the rosy scenario of Rasmussen polls and Charlie Cook; ignore the “Happy Days Are Here Again” of the burlesque acts like Limbaugh and the cable channels. The RNC numbers are inarguable and damning, and there is only Steele to blame.

When Steele was elected, the RNC had $22 million and no debt. At the end of November, it had less than $9 million, which is a pittance of what the RNC possessed going into the midterms of 2002 and 2006. This is the result of both dismal fundraising and a spendthrift decision to push large sums on consultants and other baubles in the off-year elections without a White House on your team to replenish the account.

This is why I’ve refused to give my support to the RNC and to an extent, the Republican congressional election committees—so much incompetence, hubris and waste.

Between the libertarians, birthers and third-partiers of the Tea Party, and the total incompetence of the RNC and establishment Republicans, it’s not hard to see why conservatives should be are questioning the party that they should be calling home.

Apparently, as conservatives we can’t count on the RNC to gather enough resources to support the right candidates.  In fact, we can’t count on them to even pick the right candidates until the grassroots gets involved (see 2009 Special Election, NY-23)

I’m not fully convinced that Republicans can take back the House or the Senate in the 2010 midterms, although they will be gaining seats.  I hope I’m wrong and that they will be able to take back both.  But let’s be realistic.  Any gains the GOP does make will be in spite of the RNC and not because of it.

In the meantime, if conservatives want to donate money to support real conservatives instead of supporting Wolfgang Puck’s catering business, then donate to the candidate directly.  Keep your cash away from the RNC.

UPDATE. Welcome, Time’s Swampland blog readers…

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