RNC Has Only $5.5M Left for Midterms It raises worries about get-out-the-vote push By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Aug 21, 2010 1:08 PM CDT 38 comments Comments Republican Party chairman Michael Steele. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (Newser) – With Republicans giddy about their prospects in the midterm elections, the national committee should be rolling in cash, right? Not so much. The RNC has the relatively small sum of $5.5 million in hand for the critical final stretch, about half the amount of the Democrats' national group, reports Politico. The shortfall raises concerns that the national committee won't be able to pay for the usual get-out-the-vote push, providing yet more ammunition for critics of chairman Michael Steele. Senior party leaders hope that new groups such as American Crossroads will help fill the void, notes Politico.