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NRSC chair Sen. Rick Scott. Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans' Senate campaign arm raised $8.3 million in January, the bulk of it after two Senate runoff contests early in the month, according to new fundraising numbers obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Donor backlash against legislators, like National Republican Senatorial Committee chair Sen. Rick Scott, who voted to block certification of President Biden's victory last month, fueled concerns that Scott might be a fundraising albatross. These numbers suggest those fears were unfounded — at least for now.

Behind the scenes: Scott walked the GOP conference through the new numbers during their closed-door lunch on Tuesday.

  • Scott emphasized that the numbers were particularly strong online.
  • One of Scott's biggest focuses is ramping up online fundraising, both at the committee and in GOP campaigns, to compete with Democrats' ability to raise huge sums through small-dollar donations.

By the numbers: More than $6.8 million was raised after the Georgia special elections.

  • $4.24 million was raised online. The average online donation was $32.
  • More than 89,000 people donated, and 9,073 were first-time donors.
  • The committee has $17.2 million cash on hand total.
  • In January 2019, the NRSC raised $5.5 million and had $7.6 million cash on hand.

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Why it matters: The company has doubled its valuation since its last funding round of $300 million at a $3 billion valuation in 2019.

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Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

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Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."