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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Republicans' House campaign arm is putting up huge fundraising numbers as the party seeks to win back control of the lower chamber in the midterms.

Driving the news: The National Republican Congressional Committee raised nearly $80 million during the first six months of 2021, its best-ever first-half haul during an election off year, the committee tells Axios.

By the numbers: The NRCC's June fundraising total topped $20 million, and its total for the second quarter was more than $45 million.

  • According to the committee, those are monthly and quarterly records for an election off-year.
  • The NRCC heads into the back half of 2021 with $55 million in the bank, nearly double what it had at the same point in 2019.
  • Those huge numbers were bolstered by contributions from GOP leadership: the campaign committee for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has given the NRCC $12.76 million this year. The committee for House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has chipped in $8.39 million.

Between the lines: The political party controlling the White House has historically fared poorly in its president's first midterm election, and Republicans hope that trend holds and they regain majority next year after Democrats took control in 2018.

Go deeper

Reading the fundraising tea leaves in Virginia

Terry McAuliffe (left) and Glenn Youngkin speak during a debate last month. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Democrat Terry McAuliffe may be trouncing Glenn Youngkin in fundraising, but when it comes to dollars from donors in Virginia — the state where they're battling to become governor — the Republican has the edge.

Why it matters: With tight polls between the two gubernatorial candidates less than two weeks before Election Day, the parties are also looking to fundraising as a predictor of success.

House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House of Representatives voted 229-202 on Thursday to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The Justice Department will now consider bringing criminal charges against Bannon, marking a significant escalation in the Jan. 6 committee's efforts to enforce subpoenas against Trump allies who refuse to cooperate.

Jim Jordan says Jan. 6 call with Trump happened after attack

Rep. Jim Jordan. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday told a House panel his Jan. 6 phone call with former President Trump took place after the attack on the Capitol, though he waffled on the possibility and timing of other calls.

Why it matters: The Jan. 6 select committee is casting a wide net to try to uncover facts about Trump's involvement in the attack, and Jordan's conversations that day with the former president put him in that panel's crosshairs.