Kline co-chairs new NRCC fundraising effort

WASHINGTON — Minnesota U.S. Rep. John Kline is a co-chair for a new National Republican Congressional Committee effort meant to raise millions of dollars through the House Republican caucus.

The NRCC intends to raise $26 million from within the Republican caucus in part to help shore up a new round of advertising reservations announced this week, according to Politico. The NRCC confirmed Kline is a co-chair of the so-called “Battleground Program.”

The NRCC announced $5.7 million in new advertising reservations on Tuesday, most in districts represented by Republicans. The NRCC had previously reserved ad time in Minneapolis to support Rep. Chip Cravaack’s re-election bid.

According to Politico:

Picking up the tab for the NRCC’s ad push will be none other than GOP lawmakers looking to keep their majority.

The NRCC plans to jump-start its internal fundraising campaign Tuesday to extract $26 million from House Republicans — a major effort internally dubbed the Battleground Program.

Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the No. 4 House Republican, is heading up the effort, which will be the subject of a closed-door meeting of lawmakers at the Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday, according to Republican aides. … The Battleground Program is the party’s major dues drive of the year. Lawmakers are assessed from $80,000 to $600,000 depending on seniority and committee assignments.

House Speaker John Boehner approached Kline about becoming a co-chairman of the effort last week. Fellow co-chairs include Reps. Patrick McHenry (N.C.), Kristi Noem (S.D.), Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.) and Peter Roskam (Ill.).

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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