The House Republican fundraising committee suffered an email hack during the run up to the 2018 congressional midterm elections.
The NRCC responded with an investigation of its own and contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation which is continuing to look into the attack. Politico first reported on the hack earlier Tuesday.
“The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity,” Ian Prior, a spokesman for the NRCC and an executive at Mercury Public Affairs told CNBC in a statement. “The cyber security of the Committee’s data is paramount, and upon learning of the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter,” he added.
Leadership at the NRCC hired top law firm Covington and Burling as their legal counsel after the hack. According to Federal Election Commission records, the NRCC paid the law firm over $150,000 for legal consulting from July through September.
The intrusion came as Republicans and their party committees, such as the NRCC, were trying to maintain their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the build up to the November elections. Democrats won a majority in the House, and are projected to gain at least 39 seats, while Republicans will expand their majority in the Senate, adding two seats.
The NRCC were also out raised by its opponents, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, throughout the 2018 election cycle. The DCCC brought in $250 million, compared with the NRCC’s $174 million, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Sen. Mark Warner, the Democratic ranking member of the Senate Intel Committee, responded to the news of the hack in a tweet on Tuesday.