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GOP campaign committee sidelines finance director as fundraising lags

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In a major staff shakeup, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will sideline its finance director after falling behind Democrats in fundraising during the first half of the year.

Shelly Carson, finance director since January, will remain on the NRSC's payroll, but her role at the committee will diminish considerably. She will act more as a consultant to the committee, which provides campaign cash and other assistance to Republican Senate candidates.

"Shelly is a valuable member of our team whose strength and skill is working directly with donors and will focus directly on fundraising efforts instead of day-to-day operations," said NRSC spokesperson Brad Dayspring.

Heather Larrison, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Larrison Group, will take over Carson's management and operations duties, a source familiar with the decision said. Larrison is an ally of Sen. Rob Portman, the NRSC vice chairman, and has done fundraising for him in the past.

The staff shuffle comes after a disappointing fundraising run through the first half of the year. Although the NRSC has paid down its debt, the committee raised just $20.3 million so far this year, far short of the nearly $31 million raised by its Democratic counterpart.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also consistently outperformed the NRSC in fundraising during the 2012 election cycle.

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Rebecca Berg

Political Correspondent
The Washington Examiner