Back in the 1960s, Jesse Unruh, speaker of California’s state assembly, called money the “mother’s milk” of politics.
It appears Senate Republicans are hauling in that “milk” by the truckload.
This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, boasted that the organization posted record fundraising in March and during the first quarter of 2022.
The NRSC raked in $13.3 million last month. That helped push its first-quarter total to $43 million.
“The NRSC’s March and Q1 totals are the most raised by either the NRSC or the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) during any previous March or first quarter,” the group said in a statement.
Sen. Scott also noted in the statement that the NRSC had banked $44.1 million in cash on hand after covering its expenses. That, too, broke a record for the highest amount in the history of the NRSC or the DSCC for the second month in a row.
And it’s not the fatcats who are filling the GOP’s coffers.
For the ninth consecutive month, the NRSC noted, that 99 percent of its donations were $100 or less, which, the committee said, demonstrated its strong grassroots support.
“Senate Republicans have the war chest and the enthusiasm to oust radical Senate Democrats in November,” Scott said in a statement.
“Our team breaks records every month and that’s because the American people are sick and tired of the failed policies pushed by Joe Biden and rubber-stamped by Democrats like [Sens.] Mark Kelly, Catherine Cortez Masto, Maggie Hassan, Raphael Warnock, and Michael Bennet. Hardworking families cannot afford a Democrat majority any longer.”
On Thursday, Scott highlighted how President Joe Biden’s policies are crippling everyday Americans economically.
The senator noted a report that indicated at some point over the last year 24 percent of Americans either cut back or passed on basic items such as food and medicine so they could pay their power bill.
Scott’s office pointed out that the ratio is higher in Florida, where 26.1 percent of families have skipped necessities to cover energy costs.
Another 16 percent of adults said they kept their home temperature at a level that felt unsafe or unhealthy in the past year in an effort to keep down energy costs, while 16 percent also reported not being able to pay the full amount of their energy bill at least once over the past year.
“It is unacceptable that any Floridian would feel the need to forgo food or medicine to pay their energy bills. To learn that more than a quarter of people surveyed in our state had to make this impossible choice because of rising inflation and skyrocketing energy costs is absolutely heartbreaking,” Scott said in prepared comments.
“This is a terrible consequence of Joe Biden’s raging inflation crisis and war on American energy production. The Biden administration needs to stop standing in the way of U.S. energy and ditch its insane Green New Deal policies. Families all over our nation, especially Florida, have suffered under Biden’s failed agenda and it must end now.”