Fund Raising

The Republican Party is quietly hitting up its fat-cat donors for more cash, and some are balking. BUSINESS WEEK has learned that earlier this year, the Republican National Committee asked Team 100 members--about 100 supporters who give $100,000 during a four-year Presidential cycle--to up the ante by $50,000 this time around. That was too pricey for some, considering that the GOP doesn't hold the Presidency. When a Republican was in the White House, the RNC at least could pamper elite donors with glitzy perks, from Presidential receptions to Cabinet briefings. "You don't feel as eager to give more when you've just lost an election," says one Team 100 member from the East Coast.

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