From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Ben Smith reports that the RNC has lost a key fundraiser:
Former Ambassador Sam Fox, a top supporter of George W. Bush who was one of the co-chairmen of the Republican Regents -- the RNC's top-level fundraising board -- has left the post, two Republican sources said. Fox, a Missouri businessman who was Bush's ambassador to Belgium, was one of the RNC's few remaining connections to the deep-pocketed Republican establishment and was viewed as the heaviest hitter among its fundraisers. But Fox was "deeply troubled by the pattern of self-inflicted wounds and missteps," another major Republican fundraiser told me today, and had "lost confidence" in Steele.
*** UPDATE *** We've noted on First Read that other GOP committees have been benefiting from the problems at the RNC. And Ben Smith notes that Fox is helping the RGA: "He'll be hosting an RGA fundraiser in St. Louis on April 21, the source said."