Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel grew visibly emotional during a meeting with senior GOP officials on Wednesday, as she insisted that she isn’t personally profiting off a new, President Donald Trump-endorsed small-donor platform.
The party chairwoman choked up as she kicked off a closed-door panel discussion on WinRed by addressing ongoing rumors that she and other RNC officials are poised to personally benefit from the new platform. At one point, McDaniel said the only money she is making is her RNC salary.
ABC News reports:
McDaniel’s comments came a day after anonymous critics sent RNC leadership and party members an email signed by “concerned current and former RNC members” calling attention to an array of concerns about the WinRed platform, including the risk that those who run the site could control the flow of dollars – and use the site as a weapon against Republican detractors.
In statements to ABC News, both the RNC and Trump campaign reiterated the comments McDaniel made at Wednesday’s meeting asserting that no one is personally profiting from the new platform. “No RNC employees stand to personally profit in any way from WinRed,” RNC spokesperson Mike Reed said in a statement to ABC News.
The RNC chair’s comments Wednesday followed backlash over efforts by the party and Trump campaign to push rank-and-file Republicans to use the new website, about which some detractors have voiced concerns of privacy, functionality and legality.