Senate GOP raising campaign dollars by using #StandWithRand

As Sen. Rand Paul's hours-long filibuster continues into late Wednesday, his Republican colleagues are helping out on the Senate floor -- and by raising campaign dollars.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent messages to supporters Wednesday afternoon asking them to make a donation and "Stand With Rand!"

"Today Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, and others invoked the filibuster to defend our Constitution!" the solicitation says. "In fact, the Republican caucus has remained committed to upholding the values and the mandates of the Constitution, something that liberal Democrats refuse to do."

"NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran and Vice Chairman Ted Cruz went to the Senate floor today to join his filibuster," the message says. "Please join them in standing with Rand! Show your support during the #filiblizzard and #StandWithRand on Twitter. And if you want to really help secure a Senate that believes in upholding the Constitution, donate below to help us gain the 6 seats needed for a Republican Majority."

A filibustering senator has the right to yield to colleagues to take questions, and Moran and Cruz have been among eight Senate Republicans to give Rand a breather -- in the form of a question -- by speaking out on the floor with Rand's permission. The Kentucky senator has also yielded to Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). Paul also yielded briefly Wednesday afternoon to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who spoke out in support of the Kentucky senator's objections.

Giving Paul an extended break during the 10 p.m. ET hour, Cruz took a few moments to read several messages of support for Paul transmitted via Twitter. Most of the messages include the #StandWithRand monicker, which is trending globally on the social media site.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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