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"That stuff goes on at the NRCC"

The Hill reports: At the House Republican Conference weekly meeting inside the Capitol yesterday, conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) handed a $500,000 check to her party's fundraising committee.

A bit of political business was conducted at the meeting's end as well, when Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), recognized several GOP challengers who were here raising money, including Larry Diedrich from South Dakota, who had lost a special election in June.

House Republicans usually meet at the Capitol Hill Club, across from the Capitol South Metro stop on First Street S.E., if they plan to talk about politics, including polling, fundraising and candidate recruitment. Pryce told The Hill that she checked with her lawyers before handing over the check inside room HC-5 of the Capitol and that the meeting complied with House ethics rules because legislative business made up the majority of the conference’s agenda.

“That stuff goes on at the NRCC,” Reynolds said when asked whether fundraising or polling were discussed. ...

House ethics rules say: “Among the specific activities that clearly may not be undertaken in a congressional office or using House resources (including official staff time) are, for example, the solicitation of contributions; the drafting of campaign … statements … the completion of Federal Election Commission reports … campaign mailing; or the holding of a meeting on campaign business. The same applies to any activity that is funded to any extent with campaign funds, even if the activity is not overtly political in nature.” -- Meeting in Capitol included some GOP political business (The Hill.com)