The Republican National Committee (RNC) has officially cut ties with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R-AL) and his joint fundraising committee.
As of Tuesday morning, the RNC was no longer listed by the Federal Election Commission as an affiliated fundraising partner. The only two parties still listed on the documents are Moore’s campaign committee and the Alabama Republican Party.
The RNC’s defection comes only four days after the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the Senate GOP’s campaign finance arm, also filed paperwork with the FEC to remove its name from Roy Moore’s 2017 Senate Victory Committee.
The two groups abandoning Moore now is a massive blow to his final fundraising efforts heading into the final month of campaigning before the Alabama special election on December 12th. With the RNC and NRSC as part of Moore’s joint fundraising committee, a single donor could have given up to $521,200. Now that both of the national party committees have pulled out, a donor can only give a maximum of $12,700 to Moore’s campaign.
Meanwhile, a total of five women have now accused Moore of sexual misconduct in the past week. The latest, Beverly Young Nelson, alleged that Moore sexually assaulted her in a diner parking lot when she was a 16-year-old high school student.
The repeated claims from multiple women have begun to take a toll on Moore’s poling numbers. Recent polls show his big lead on Democrat Doug Jones has evaporated, and Moore is now poling within the margin of error.
Moore has repeatedly denied all of the allegations, calling them completely false, and labeling the media firestorm as “fake news.”
GOP leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen, Cory Gardner (R-CO) have called on Moore to withdraw from the Alabama Senate race. Should he remain and somehow hold on to win, McConnell stated that Moore would immediately face a probe by the Senate Ethics Committee.