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Norm Coleman: Forgotten But Not Gone

2:20 PM, Dec 14, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The question some conservative critics have is whether these groups are doing the work of the Republican National Committee (RNC). It’s a fair question, since dissatisfaction with the RNC is widespread after it fell far into debt this past election cycle, and after two years of a chairman who’s received most of his notoriety from continuously inserting his foot into his own mouth.

Coleman rejects the notion that the RNC has been displaced, arguing that there’s enough money to go around. No donor, Coleman says, is “sacrificing the next family vacation or the next meal to participate” in funding these sorts of groups.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye seemed to second this idea by saying, “Keep in mind, one can give unlimited amounts to outside groups, while party committees can take a maximum of $30,400 per individual.”

“We were very enthusiastic about the efforts of the American Action Network and American Crossroads,” Heye sang in praise of these new independent groups. “They did tremendous work and put points on the board. In previous cycles, Republicans were at a disadvantage to Democrats precisely because they had outside groups like MoveOn and labor unions backing their cause. It was critical to have every resource possible pushing in the same direction.”

And it will be even more critical in the race to unseat Obama in 2012.

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