Four RNC finance chairs back McDaniel in leadership race

Four Republican National Committee (RNC) finance chairs have endorsed Ronna McDaniel’s bid to stay on as party chairwoman, defending her fundraising track record and relationships with donors as she seeks to fend off a leadership challenge.

Duke Buchan III, the current finance chair, and former finance chairs Todd Ricketts, Ray Washburne and Ron Weiser wrote to the 168 RNC members to express their support for McDaniel, according to letters obtained by The Hill. 

The letters highlight McDaniels’ relationships with RNC donors and her efforts during her six years as chairwoman to build a fundraising infrastructure. McDaniel is seeking a fourth term as chairwoman, but she has faced criticism from the right over the party’s election performance and its spending. 

“Ronna is a proven fundraiser having raised staggering resources during her tenure; resources which campaigns at all levels across the country rely on to win. She has built and grown a Republican infrastructure that will stand the test of time,” Washburne, who served as finance chair in 2013 and 2014, wrote in his letter to RNC members, which went out Tuesday. 

Weiser, who served as RNC finance chair from 2011-2013 and is currently the Michigan Republican Party chairman, pushed back in his letter on what he called “false attacks” against how the committee spent its money during the midterm cycle.   

Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney who represented former President Trump and RNC…

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