REPUBLICANS

RNC to Share Data with 2016 Hopefuls

Five GOP presidential contenders will attend Mitt Romney’s Utah retreat.

May 8, 2015, 6:22 a.m.

The RNC “has signed data-sharing agreements with the leading GOP presidential campaigns, providing these entities access to the party’s voter file and digital analytics clearinghouse. The accord “¦ provides the “¦ contenders access to the party’s $100 million-plus data and voter turnout program. “¦ Deals have been reached with” the campaigns or political committees of: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). (Washington Examiner)

ON TAP. Mitt Romney’s “2015 E2 Summit will take place June 11-13 in Deer Valley, a ski resort east of Salt Lake City. … Confirmed speakers from the likely 2016 Republican field include” Walker, Rubio, Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Bush “was invited but will not attend.” (Washington Post)

MONEY ON MY MIND. “[S]uper PACs are arming second- and third-tier candidates with tens of millions of dollars while … Bush promises a record-setting haul. This combined fundraising guarantees that by the time Republicans have picked their nominee, … the candidates will have spent more to reach voters than ever before. … At some point … the money available to spend simply can’t buy the advantage it once did. And that’s because the primary contest will still depend mightily on the outcomes of each of the first four contests, all of which provide invaluable momentum and none of which are held in large or expensive states where candidates have to invest heavily to have an impact.” (National Journal)

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