April 25, 2018
Pennsylvania Republican Party Leaders,
Some of you may have seen the City and State PA article regarding the GOP State Committee. In the article, the columnist, who clearly had an ax to grind, made the argument that Republican Party fundraising has not been going well and that, as a result of staff turnover, we are in a state of disarray.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
I want to give you the following talking points to refute the nonsense and fake news set forth in that misguided article:
- The story in question singles out one financial report and makes its assumptions without digging further into the details. The story misrepresents the finances of this building and includes period of time in the analysis in which I was not in office and responsible for finances and expenditure decisions of the state party. We believe our recent FEC monthly filings, combined with our forthcoming state report will show that we are on a much better financial footing than the article characterizes.
- In the article, it talks about how we were left in good financial footing at the start of our administration. This is not true. When we started we had less money in the bank then was needed for one month of operating expenses, no staff and $160,000 in debt, at which we have chipped away.
- Last year we raised, in a difficult off year election, over $1.7 million. I am proud of that result. It took a lot of hard work of from all of us. So far this year, fundraising is off to a slow start, but we are planning events and putting together formal finance committees in each of the state's regions. I’m confident we will have all the funds needed to have a successful year.
- Last year when I became chairman I made the conscious decision to operate with leaner staff and to put money directly into campaigns. As a result, we put about $350,000 directly into the GOTV effort for the judicial candidates, a type of investment the party had not previously made in statewide campaigns. I believe this was a contributing part to our building to win for three statewide judicial candidates.
- Staff turnover is a function of people finding new jobs and that we quickly put our original team in place together last year when no staff was left. This year, as a long-term hire, I brought in Mike Stoll as executive director and he has now put in place his own team. In addition, we have a large staff in the field doing the work of volunteer recruitment and training volunteers and hitting doors and making phone calls. We expect that number to be rising continually as we enter into the summer and fall.
At the end of the day, I am pleased with what we were able to accomplish in 2017, electing three statewide judicial candidates in a very tough year. For 2018, we clearly have a lot of work ahead of us but I am confident we will raise all the funds needed to support our state-wide candidates and continue building our local parties.
One thing that disappoints me most is the extent to which Republicans continue to fight one another – on social media, at events and in the media. That is evident in the article. I will continue to work to unite the party and to focus my attention on democrats.
Please keep these talking points in mind when discussing these matters with whomever may ask. If you have any questions, as always, do not hesitate to contact me.
Republican Party of Pennsylvania