GOP supporters are fed up with the lack of action from their party. The GOP has been stumbling when it comes to keeping their promises — promises made to those who voted them into power — and their base has decided they aren’t going to take it anymore.
The once enthusiastic donors to the Republican Party are seemingly in a full revolt after all of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s failures to get anything passed through the Senate, according to Politico.
Tensions amongst frustrated supporters of the party have reached a record high point. During a recent dinner at the home of billionaire Robert Day, one retired oil and gas investor and party contributor, Thomas Wachtell, told the McConnell that he and his party needs to “just do something.”
“Anybody who was there knew that I was not happy. And I don’t think anybody was happy. How could you be?” said Wachtell, who has given tens of thousands of dollars to Senate Republicans over the years, only to see limited results for his contributions. “You’re never going to get a more sympathetic Republican than I am. But I’m sick and tired of nothing happening.”
The situation has become so bad that funding for the month of August and July was $2 million, less than half of what it raised in previous months. Taking into consideration the need to maintain their numbers in the upcoming 2018 midterms, Senate Republicans are in a state of increasing panic.
“When you’re in a business and you tell your stakeholders you’re going to build a building or something, you have to follow through,” said Dan Eberhart, conservative contributor and energy executive. “I can’t borrow money to build a building and then not follow through, which is what these guys are doing.”
Major contributors to the Republican Party have long been courted favorites by the establishment. These contributors have historically been treated with constant attention and promises in exchange for their significant funding. However, even the most ardent fundraisers have expressed their difficulty in setting up meetings with some of these people.
One expert GOP fundraiser forwarded an e-mail he got from a sought-after donor. “The GOP leaders should know, no movement on remaining agenda: tax reform, infrastructure, deregulation, etc. means no funding from supporters like me. No meetings, calls, contributions until we see progress.”
These concerns are not unjustified. Despite having a majority in Congress, the GOP had constantly failed when it came time for them to pass critical pieces of legislation. Most demonstrably was the Obamacare repeal bill, which failed to pass in repeated attempts thanks to key turncoats within the party.
The once enthusiastic donors to the Republican Party are seemingly in a full revolt. Will you donate to the promise breakers?
For Americans who support the President, however, these developments are far from bad news. In fact, many are hoping that the lack of financial resources will pressure many of these Republicans to fall in line with the wishes of their constituents.
Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff called for donors to “form a coalition” to take on the GOP leaders and members who didn’t support the President’s actions. “If I were you [donors], I would not only stop donating, I would form a coalition of all the other major donors,” he said privately.
This is exactly the kind of pressure the GOP needs to reform itself into the once great party that it used to be.