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NRSC Links Up with Fiorina for Fundraising


The National Republican Senatorial Committee is not officially taking sides in the California Senate primary, but that hasn't stopped it from forming a joint fundraising committee with Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, one of two candidates vying to take on Sen. Barbara Boxer (D).

The NRSC and the Fiorina campaign joined forces to form the Fiorina Victory Committee, according to paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission on Dec. 4. The committee allows the party and Fiorina to split funds raised via joint events or appeals.

The NRSC has not endorsed a candidate in the primary race between Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, and conservative state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, but it has been at odds with the DeVore campaign over its perceived favoritism of Fiorina. As a result, DeVore questioned the "utility in further outreach" to the committee, a DeVore spokesman told CQ-Roll Call in October.

The national party also tapped Fiorina to give the weekly Republican radio address Dec. 5.

The NRSC told CQ-Roll Call it is "willing to conduct joint fundraising events with virtually any Republican candidate who asks, provided they have the potential to help the Committee raise money in addition to their own campaigns."

The party has also filed the paperwork for a fundraising committee with Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Trey Grayson of Kentucky, both of whom have contested primaries.

UPDATE: DeVore spokesman Joshua Trevino said the NRSC-Fiorina fundraising effort is "more of the same" of the committee actively providing resources for the Fiorina campaign and only passively providing them to DeVore.

Trevino said the campaign "put in a request last week for a one-on-one meeting" between DeVore and NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), but he confirmed that the campaign has not inquired into joint fundraising. "It does not make sense to us to jointly fundraise with an organization that is supporting our opponent," he said.

CQ Politics rates the general election contest in the California Senate race Safe Democratic, the New Hampshire Senate Race a Toss Up and the Kentucky Senate race a Toss Up.