The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) provide national leadership for the parties. They develop party platforms, raise funds and format election strategy. Pictured here are some of the recent Chairmen of the committees. For the DNC, pictured are Ron Bown, Terry McAullife and current chair Howard Dean. For the RNC, pictured are George Bush, Sr., Ed Gillespie and current chair Ken Mehlman.