Cuts in the finance department come at a time when the party needs to raise big money, and fast. The RNC reported more than $15 million in debt as of Nov. 22, the last report to be filed with the committee, and unpaid bills related to the midterm elections are expected to send those debts north of $20 million, and perhaps even as high as $25 million.
The committee has a $5 million line of credit payment due in February, according to sources familiar with the loan arrangements. As of Nov. 22, the RNC had just $1.9 million in the bank.
The layoffs also come a day after Steele's two top aides announced they would leave the party after Steele's first term ends next Friday, regardless of whether Steele holds on and wins another term. Both RNC chief of staff Mike Leavitt and communications director Doug Heye said Monday they would pursue other opportunities after next week.