September 17th, 2010
12:07 PM ET
9 years ago

DeMint raising big bucks for O'Donnell

Jim DeMint is hoping to raise more than $350k for O'Donnell.

Jim DeMint is hoping to raise more than $350k for O'Donnell.

(Updated with response with the NRSC)

Washington (CNN) – Just 48 hours after Christine O'Donnell won the Republican nomination for Senate in Delaware, Sen. Jim DeMint says his political action committee has already reached his goal of raising $174,000 for her campaign.

And in a statement, DeMint took a shot at his Republican leadership for leaving a "fundraising gap" for the candidate because they do not think she can win in November.

"This specific goal was set because national Republicans have decided not to invest the $174,000, which is the legal limit for 'coordinated' funds the party can spend on O'Donnell's behalf," read the statement.

"Despite what some Beltway pundits think, Americans clearly believe that Christine can and should win it," said DeMint.

The South Carolina Republican also announced that his Senate Conservatives Fund has set a new goal of $348,000, "which is double the amount of coordinated funds the national party had decided not to invest in this critical race."

"Republicans shouldn't give up on any race this year because there's an awakening taking place all across America as people reaffirm their support for America's founding principles," DeMint warned.

"They're not as concerned with which party is in power or who gets committee chairmanships. They simply want to elect new leaders who will fight for balanced budgets, constitutional limits, and individual liberty."

DeMint has roiled GOP leaders by backing several conservative contenders in primaries this election season who ultimately beat candidates they thought could more easily win in November.

That anger boiled over this week after O'Donnell defeated Rep. Mike Castle, who most thought was a shoe-in to pick up Vice President Joe Biden's old seat from the Democrats.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Spokesman Brian Walsh insisted to CNN that no decision has been made on what to spend on Delaware, just as with other races around the country.

Still, Walsh was careful not to fan the public flames between the National party and DeMint, saying that "the NRSC appreciates Senator DeMint's assistance this election cycle, as we do with all of our Republican Senators, and particularly as the Committee prepares to invest heavily in a number of key battleground states around the country,"

"All of the financial assistance our candidates are receiving from their Republican supporters will help sure a number of important Senate seat victories this November," said Walsh.

DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund says it has directly invested over $3.1 million for conservative senate candidates this election cycle through direct PAC contributions, bundled donations, and independent expenditures for the candidates.

The current investment totals it lists for each of SCF's 10 endorsed candidates include $208,000 to Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, – $507,000 to Marco Rubio in Florida and $476,000 to Ken Buck in Colorado.

Walsh said the NRSC plans to spend more than $3 million in Colorado alone, saying they have currently reserved roughly $3.2 million in television air time in Colorado; almost $3 million in Washington for Dino Rossi; $ 3 million for Marco Rubio in Florida; $2 million for Carly Fiorina in California; and over $2.5 million for Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. independent

    He is being allowed to splinter the GOP.

    The GOP will cease to exist as a National Party. The Tea Party (TP) no pun intended, will become a more National Party than the GOP – though it will be further to the right and include some fringe planks.

    September 17, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Terry in Iowa

    Dear Lord, I pray that you intercede. I pray that you will motivate the progressives, independents and moderate republicans to go to the polls on Nov 2 and turn away the hateful and deceitful candidates that the Tea Party and Fox News, through a propaganda campaign of blatant lies, selfish motives, fear mongering and raw hate, have thrust upon us.

    Lord God, please let rational minds and loving hearts prevail.

    In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray.

    September 17, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Mikey

    Where is all this money coming from? Who is supporting this organization and the others who are pouring $$ into the 2010 elections?

    While the public may be frustrated that the economic crisis has not yet ended, electing a bunch of right wing nutcases who are outside the mainstream of America is not the answer.

    Just spend some time getting to know these candidates like Rand Paul, Sharon Angle, Christine O'Donnell, and Joe Miller. Rand Paul supports allowing businesses to discriminate based on race. Sharon Angle wants to abolish social security and medicare, along with the department of education. Christine O'Donnel (and others) want to force victims of rape and incest to carry the child. These are just samples of their extreme views, which they are now hiding since winning the primaries. Beware of what a protest vote might lead to. Please do your homework.

    September 17, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. GI Joe

    How do you like that all you folks that had jobs outsourced since 2000?

    September 17, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, there are times where money can get you what you want. I think that he will not win down his whole line. I know that he will have some losses on his picks like O'Donnell.

    September 17, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Rob Johnson

    To translate DemintSpeak to reality....

    "Regardless of what the mature adults in my party think, a hardcore minority of right wing loons with more money than sense clearly believes Christine can and should win it."

    Fixed that for you.

    September 17, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. stevetall

    Yo, Jim. It's not that the RNC doesn't think O'Donnell can win. It's that they don't think she SHOULD win. She's another kooky, self-absorbed citizen who thinks she speaks for God.

    She deserves no place in American governement.

    September 17, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. vic, Nashville TN

    O’ Donnell campaign didn’t want to answer AC 360 last night, she is paying her own bills from campaign money

    List of candidates avoiding main stream media except FOX news that mean they sending their message to certain group only so they don’t care others
    Pat Toomey (PA)
    Marco Rubio (FL)
    Ken Buck (CO)
    Rand Paul (KY)
    Mike Lee (UT)
    Sharron Angle (NV)
    Ron Johnson (WI)
    Dino Rossi (WA)
    Joe Miller (AK)
    Christine O'Donnell (DE)

    September 17, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Kudos for DeMint

    How refreshing – a politician who is honest, and stands up for those things important to all Americans. I tip my hat to Senator DeMint, He is exactly the type of Senator we need in DC -- sticking to the basic issues and our Constitution. Out government has become a big ATM for unions, large corporations, government employees, and anyone whose votes can be bought through government doll outs and special deals. ENOUGH Maybe it is time for a Democratic tea Party movement so we can eally clean house in DC.
    Can anyone spell T E R M L I M I T S

    September 17, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. barry

    Jim DeMint is a great American trying to make sure we get the right people in office to turn this country around. We can not stay with the Obama policies that have nearly ruined our country.

    September 17, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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