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Republican Governors Association is a biggest GOP 527

The Republican Governors Association, chaired by Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, doesn't get much attention because it doesn't contribute to federal campaigns.

But consider this: In 2003, an off year for federal elections, it raised more money than any other "soft money" political committee - even more than two of the best-known groups, the left-leaning Media Fund and Move-on.org Voter Fund.

All told, it's the third largest of the so-called "527" political committees now bombarding the airwaves with ads, and the largest one to support Republicans.

This year, the committee raised more than $5 million in the first quarter in what it hopes will be a record-breaking year - thanks in part to its new chairman. -- GOP governors show influence (enquirer.com)