GOP Donors Demand Results
The Republican leadership’s failure to deliver on its promises has not only upset grassroots conservatives, it’s also angered many of the party’s biggest financial supporters.
For years these donors have been told that if they just help the party win the House, the Senate, and the White House, party leaders will enact a conservative agenda. Many of these supporters have also been told that if they help defeat conservative primary challengers, it will build a “governing wing” that will deliver results.
These lies have now been completely exposed and many of the party’s top supporters are pushing back and exercising much-needed accountability.
Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the head the NRSC, informed senators this week that “donors are furious” and that fundraising was drying up because of the failure to repeal Obamacare. In fact, one major donor said they would not donate to Republican senators “unless they pass new legislation or get new leadership.”
He is not alone and that’s why many top donors applauded this week when Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers, told them to hold Senate Republicans accountable.
“If I were you, I would not only stop donating, I would form a coalition of all the other major donors, and just say two things,” he said. “We’re definitely not giving to you, No. 1. And No. 2, if you don’t have this done by Dec. 31, we’re going out, we’re recruiting opponents, we’re maxing out to their campaigns, and we’re funding ‘super PACs’ to defeat all of you.”
When these remarks were reported, the swamp gasped. How on earth could someone this senior in the White House encourage donors to go against incumbent Republicans? The horror!
But contrary to what the swamp wants people to believe, opposing Republican lawmakers in primary elections is not a radical idea. We have primary elections for a reason. They allow voters to pick the Republicans who will best serve them in office.
Primary elections hold Republican lawmakers accountable to the people and they make the party stronger, not weaker.
What Nick Ayers said was right and he’s not alone in believing that Republicans who don’t keep their promises should be replaced. That’s something the grassroots have believed for years and it’s good that the party’s biggest backers are coming to the same conclusion.
Thank you for doing so much to help us promote conservative leadership. Because of your efforts, we are on the verge of having an earthquake election that brings real accountability to Washington.