updated 11/29/2006 10:21:10 AM ET 2006-11-29T15:21:10

It's the season for giving, and this year the National Republican Senatorial Committee is joining those appealing for donations.

The committee's fund-raising has lagged behind those of other national party committees, and it's run up a debt.

So, the committee's chairwoman, Senator Elizabeth Dole, sent an urgent appeal to donors this week. The letter says if the debt lingers, it will "cripple" Republican efforts to recruit strong Senate candidates for the 2008 election.

A spokesman for the committee confirms it does have a debt, but he won't say how much. Party committees are required to file post-election financial reports with the Federal Election Commission next week.

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