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October 12, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
The political consultant fired by the Republican National Committee amid fraud allegations in Florida is now hiring workers for a voter canvassing operation this fall in as many as 30 states, his spokesman said. Nathan Sproul, whose career as a GOP get-out-the-vote consultant has been dogged by reports of fraudulent registrations, has been advertising for $15-an-hour workers for “conservative voter identification” in Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa. 'No experience is necessary!
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August 16, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The preemptive strike that the Republican National Committee launched Friday against NBC and CNN seems pointless in many ways, even if you accept the premise of the GOP's argument -- namely, that the documentaries the networks are developing about Hillary Rodham Clinton will help the former first lady and secretary of State in her expected campaign for the White House in 2016. But I still like what the RNC is doing, albeit probably for different reasons than the ones that are motivating GOP honcho Reince Priebus.
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NEWS
April 25, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The Republican National Committee officially declared Mitt Romney the party's presumptive nominee Wednesday and announced steps toward a full merger of the two entities' campaign infrastructure. The move comes after a night in which Romney won all five Northeast states that held primaries, giving him another major delegate boost even though he's still shy of the 1,144 he needs to formally clinch the nomination. The party already has taken steps to help its eventual nominee prepare for the general election, and said Wednesday it is clear Romney will be their candidate.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee voted Friday to boycott CNN and NBC if the networks produce films on Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is seen as the Democratic Party's strongest potential contender for the 2016 presidential election. Reince Priebus, the RNC chairman and a vocal opponent of the two films, said the party is “done putting up with this nonsense.” “There are plenty of other news outlets. We'll still reach voters, maybe more voters. CNN and NBC anchors will just have to watch on their competitors' networks,” he told RNC members during their summer meeting in Boston.
NEWS
July 9, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
Mitt Romney pulled in a blockbuster fundraising haul in June, collecting $106.1 million for his campaign and the Republican Party, his campaign announced today. The total marks Romney's best fundraising month yet, as the former Massachusetts governor continues to capitalize on the large donations he can now collect through joint fundraising with the Republican National Committee and other affiliated groups.  The June haul was also boosted by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's healthcare law; officials claimed $4.6 million -- mostly in small donations -- came into the joint fundraising effort in the 24 hours following the decision.
NATIONAL
August 23, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Tropical Storm Isaac's outreach is expected to be felt in Florida by late Sunday night -- just as Mitt Romney , Paul Ryan and the GOP faithful are gathering in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will leave it up to Republican Party officials to decide whether to call off or delay the gathering in the face of a growing threat from Tropical Storm Isaac, according to the Associated Press. Just five days away from the start of Monday's convention, the weather predictions are far less certain than whom the Republicans will nominate to as their presidential candidate.
OPINION
April 8, 2010
Held to a different standard Re "RNC fractures amid spending dust-up," April 6 Claiming that African Americans such as President Obama and himself are being held to a higher standard for success, Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, stated that "Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. . . . That's just the reality of it." In essence, Steele is admitting that, under his leadership, the RNC is deliberately holding an African American president to a standard that he himself deplores.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Having formally nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to face off against President Obama in November, delegates at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday turned their attention to the more important items on their agenda: selling their party and their nominee to the general public. The latter job will be entrusted to Romney's wife Ann, whom the campaign has relied upon increasingly to humanize the guarded candidate and provide a window into his personality. As for selling the party, that will fall mainly to the Republican "reform" governors who will take the podium.
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
When the GOP primaries finally do come to a close, the RNC will have a nice wrap-up gift on hand for the eventual nominee: an extra $21 million to spend. The RNC announced yesterday that it has fully funded its Presidential Trust, a fund that can be spent in direct coordination with the eventual Republican nominee's campaign. Those coordinated expenditures are capped by the Federal Election Commission at $21 million for the 2012 cycle “With a fully-funded trust, we stand ready on day one once we have a presumptive nominee.
NEWS
September 15, 2012 | By Matea Gold
An urgent fundraising appeal from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that went out this week included some start-up money in the envelope: a single dollar bill. Priebus wrote in the letter that he was “risking a dollar bill to get your attention at this critical moment of the 2012 campaign.” The RNC chairman said the party still needed to raise $7.3 million by Sept. 28 to fully fund its get-out-the-vote operations for presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2013 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
PARK CITY, Utah - After women, young voters and Latinos fled from the Republican Party in droves in 2012, some GOP leaders thought they had a chance to turn things around. They embarked on a "listening tour" and put out a report acknowledging that many voters viewed the party as intransigent and suffused with old white men. But change has come slowly. While some Republican senators are working in Washington on a bipartisan immigration package that they hope will improve the party's image, the debate over social issues and gay marriage continues to dominate, and relations between conservative tea party factions and more moderate party elements seem as fractious as ever.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2013 | By David Horsey
A new report commissioned by the Republican National Committee reads like an anti-GOP critique from the “lame stream media.” It describes the party as too rigidly ideological, too in thrall to greedy corporations, too disconnected from nonwhite and young voters, and in desperate need of new ideas. The authors of the report appear to hail from the Bush wing of the Republican Party. They include Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush's White House spokesman; Sally Bradshaw, a veteran advisor to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, nephew of Haley Barbour, the former Mississippi governor and RNC chairman who worked on the presidential campaign of Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1988.
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Jon Healey
My colleague Alexandra LeTellier gave two thumbs down earlier today to a new, Republican National Committee-bankrolled study  on how to improve the party's appeal to, umm, everyone who isn't an older white guy. She's clearly in the RNC's target, being a) female, and b) not yet ossified. But she's not buying what the party leadership is selling. Here's the GOP's problem in a nutshell: It sees a messaging problem, but its critics see a positioning problem. When the economy is slow, people want their policymakers to do something to help the country.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused to lift a 30-year consent decree that bars the Republican National Committee from targeting racial and ethnic minorities in its efforts to end fraudulent voting. The justices without comment turned down an appeal from RNC lawyers who said the decree has become “antiquated” and is “increasingly used as political weapon” by Democrats during national campaigns. For their part, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee had argued that recent campaigns show the “consent degree remains necessary today.” The court's action is a victory for the DNC, and it comes after an election year in which the two parties regularly exchanged charges over “voter fraud” and “voter intimidation.” But most of the recent battles have been fought on the state level, and it is not clear whether the long-standing consent decree has had much impact.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
The political consultant fired by the Republican National Committee amid fraud allegations in Florida is now hiring workers for a voter canvassing operation this fall in as many as 30 states, his spokesman said. Nathan Sproul, whose career as a GOP get-out-the-vote consultant has been dogged by reports of fraudulent registrations, has been advertising for $15-an-hour workers for “conservative voter identification” in Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa. 'No experience is necessary!
NATIONAL
October 1, 2012 | By Matea Gold, Melanie Mason and Joseph Tanfani, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on a key House committee began an inquiry Monday into a GOP consulting firm under scrutiny for voter registration irregularities, seeking details about its relationship with the Republican National Committee. In a letter, Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings asked Nathan Sproul, who runs Strategic Allied Consulting, to make himself available for an interview by Oct. 12, as well as to provide copies of his correspondence with the RNC and state political parties.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused to lift a 30-year consent decree that bars the Republican National Committee from targeting racial and ethnic minorities in its efforts to end fraudulent voting. The justices without comment turned down an appeal from RNC lawyers who said the decree has become “antiquated” and is “increasingly used as political weapon” by Democrats during national campaigns. For their part, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee had argued that recent campaigns show the “consent degree remains necessary today.” The court's action is a victory for the DNC, and it comes after an election year in which the two parties regularly exchanged charges over “voter fraud” and “voter intimidation.” But most of the recent battles have been fought on the state level, and it is not clear whether the long-standing consent decree has had much impact.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Clint Eastwood says his widely panned improvisational bit at the Republican National Convention last week was conceived on the fly - just a few minutes before going on stage - and that he had promised Mitt Romney's campaign only that he would say “nice” things about the candidate. In an extensive interview with his hometown paper, the Carmel Pine Cone , Eastwood for the first time told his version of the strange back story behind his prime-time appearance, which involved the 82-year-old actor and director berating an imaginary, seated President Obama.
NATIONAL
September 28, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani, Melanie Mason and Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee has abruptly dropped ties to a firm running a major get-out-the-vote effort in seven swing states after Florida prosecutors started an investigation into possible fraud in voter registration forms. Working through state parties, the RNC has sent more than $3.1 million this year to Strategic Allied Consulting, a company formed in June by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona political consultant. Sproul has operated other firms that have been accused in the past of improprieties designed to help Republican candidates, including dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Clint Eastwood may not think too highly of President Obama, as evidenced by his speech to an empty chair at the Republican National Convention, but the star of "Trouble With the Curve" does agree with the president on one issue. Appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show on Tuesday, Eastwood clarified his stance on gay marriage. "It's part of the libertarian idea of leave everybody alone," Eastwood told DeGeneres. Eastwood is far more concerned with the state of the economy and the national debt, which is what he railed against to an invisible Obama during his speech.
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