Lucas said he didn't know and didn't want to guess how much money from the national Republican Party or other outside groups went to GOP candidates in House races.
The state party focused on winning a certain number of House seats, Lucas said. He said he asked his team to come up with the "Cadillac plan" for what was needed to win those races, and he would find the money. They raised about $500,000, winning many House seats.
That money went to other races, too, including the battle for the 3rd congressional district seat of U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va. Rahall won re-election and is expected to announce his campaign for 2014 soon.
The state GOP's money is a far cry from what outside interest groups donate to Democrats every year, Lucas said.
Roman Stauffer, executive director of the New Majority Fund PAC, agreed.
The New Majority Fund is chaired by Delegate Troy Andes, R-Putnam. It was created as a way to raise money to help Republican candidates in the House, Stauffer said.
It raised about $11,000 last election cycle, according to the secretary of state's website. Stauffer said he thought outside money helped Republicans win House seats, but Democrats receive such donations, too.
The West Virginia Republican Legislative Committee, a PAC run by House Republicans, spent about $40,000 last election cycle, according to filings with the secretary of state. The West Virginia Democratic Legislative Council PAC spent $49,000 as of April 2012 on last year's campaign, the last filing on the secretary of state's website.
With U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., retiring and more focus on the House, Lucas and Stauffer are confident those figures will go up.
"There will absolutely be more money spent on both sides in the 2014 election cycle for control of the House of Delegates," Stauffer said.
The GOP is in the process of recruiting candidates. A new Democratic PAC focused on the House won't make winning the majority easier for Republicans, Stauffer said.
"It's at the point now where the easiest seats to win, we've won, and so we face some real races in 2014. We need some really good candidates to win those seats," he said.
Skinner said he's planning more House Legislative Committee events.
Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843, david.bouc...@dailymail.com or @Dave_Boucher1.
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