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The RGA and outside groups like Crossroads America will not be able to fill the financing gap left by the RNC the way these groups did for this year’s elections. The reason is that federal campaign-finance laws dictate that the basic financing for state parties to get out the votes in presidential elections can only be done with money raised by the RNC and the state parties themselves.

Mr. Barbour and other governors noted that the RNC, under Michael S. Steele’s chairmanship, was unable to throw enough cash to key state parties victory programs. Gentry Collins, who was RNC political director for the Nov. 2 elections and has since resigned, said the GOP failed to take as many as 21 U.S. House seats, three governorships and two Senate seats that it could otherwise have won.

“The RNC is going to have to play a more active role, more aggressive role, to be able to fund the grass roots that was missing in some of our states - and I think there is a willingness of the governor to play a role in making that happen,” said Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker.