I might disagree with the notion that the republicans or democrats are raising much money for anything in this state. It used to be that they could do so, but now the proliferation of special interest committees, right wing PACs, dirty chamber of commerce type money, and camoflauged resources from religious groups, has really put a dent into the ability to fundraise for the party. Most elected officials have their own special committees in addition to their own campaign war chest. Especially in the legislature. They literally soak up all the money and the traditional parties get scraps.
I think this is one reason that a lack of bipartisanship rules politics now. There are just too many splinter groups that raise money for special committees on specific issues. That affects any sort of philosophical base from existing. Look at the now splintered and schizophrenic GOP as proof. The moderates and Tea Party nuts probably wouldn't agree on the time of day.