Top RNC strategist delivers scathing resignation

Posted Nov. 16, 2010, at 4 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A top Republican National Committee strategist has resigned in a scathing letter that blasts Michael Steele’s tenure as chairman and says that as much as 70 percent of money raised went to fundraising costs.

RNC political director Gentry Collins left behind a five-page letter to Steele and senior members of the RNC on Tuesday. In it, he notes that the RNC spent too much money on fundraising and is broke.

The RNC responded with a memo saying it raised $24 million more than the party did during 1994′s takeover of Congress, if indexed to inflation.

Steele’s tenure at the RNC has been rocky, and several candidates are weighing bids should he seek another term.

Collins’ memo was first reported by Politico.

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