WASHINGTON – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) and its strategic policy partner, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF), today announced that the groups collectively raised over $5.5 million in April, completing their best fundraising month of the 2020 election cycle. The groups also closed out April with their best online fundraising haul in organization history, adding a record-high number of new online, low-dollar donors with an average contribution of $28.70.
“The success of our Party nationally for the next decade will be determined by our success in the states this year – and it’s clear Republicans in every corner of the country are stepping up to the challenge,” said RSLC President Austin Chambers. “Even in the throes of our country’s public health crisis, Republicans know too much is at stake to let our foot off the gas pedal. Our team – and the thousands of new contributors who support our cause – are full steam ahead to November.”
The RSLC’s record-setting April fundraising haul comes on the heels of a historic First Quarter for the committee, raising more than $6 million to begin the all-important 2020 redistricting cycle.
The RSLC’s continued success in building a nationwide online-supporter program coincides with its new partnership with WinRed, expanding its capabilities to reach new conservative donors and to help state Republicans win up-and-down the ballot. WinRed is the leading Republican online fundraising technology platform utilized by a united front of the Trump re-election campaign, national party committees (RNC, NRCC, NRSC, and RSLC), and Republican candidates and organizations. RSLC President Austin Chambers last month cited ActBlue as the key reason Republicans were outspent in Virginia by $15.2 million in the 2019 legislative elections.
Chambers told Politico: “Republicans were outspent in Virginia by $15.2 million [in last year’s state legislative races]. ActBlue raised $17.2 million for candidates in Virginia. So the single explanation for why Republicans were outspent was ActBlue.”
The RSLC last month also added new members to its board of directors, including: long-time Republican strategist Karl Rove, former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former Congresswoman and Virginia General Assembly member Barbara Comstock, former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, and former Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison. Each new member of the board reaffirms the committee’s growing strength in this year’s all-important election cycle, providing critical support to the RSLC’s ‘Right Lines 2020’ initiative to protect Republican legislative majorities ahead of the decennial redrawing of federal and state district maps.