September 17th, 2010
12:07 PM ET
8 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.

Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Jim DeMint
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. joel palmer

    No the american people do not want O Donnel or anyone like her

    She will lose by double digits in about 45 days

    September 17, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. NVa Native

    Just like a conspiring televagelist.
    "I know you are broke and having a bad time of it, but you should be very afraid ..... very afraid .... and you should send me money. Lots of your money is needed because we are all very afraid," says the DeMint

    September 17, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. stela-fl

    Get all the money cause she is really going to need it when they find out who she really is. Just another fake sarapalin trash.

    September 17, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Tina in PA

    Go ahead, put all the nut jobs in those seats and see what happens.

    September 17, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. A. Goodwin

    A liar raising money for a liar – no news here...

    September 17, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    So to summarize –

    If this woman wins, she will be a Tea Party candidate, endorsed by Sarah Palin, given beaucoup financial backing by Jim DeMint, beating a far-left opponent for Joe Biden's old senate seat in a very blue state.

    Yup – that should be enough to push a lot of libs off the deep end.

    September 17, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Canuck

    How can Jim DeMint endorse a kook and proven liar? What does that say about him???

    September 17, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. jim

    Coons supports cap and trade legislation that would cause American jobs to be lost.We don't need any more of that.He supports carbon credits a scheme devised by Al Gore to make himself filthy rich.Delaware voters need only check his record.Thank you Mr DeMint for seeing that Christine O'donnell can get her message out.

    September 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. SayWhat

    Good luck trying to win seats in the Senate, Jimbo. Let's hear why you and 37 of your GOP cronies voted on Tuesday against the jobs bill for small business. What's that Jim, did you say that we don't have the money and we should keep tax breaks. Isn't that a little backwards, Jim. So what is your plan? I get it. Just vote against anything that the administration trys to do regardless if it harms the Americam people. Nice plan GOP.

    September 17, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Dave

    Raise all the money you want, DeMint. This idiot isn't going to win and no amount of money is going to change that...

    September 17, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Duck Fallas

    Yesterday, I learned I was stupid and didn't love my country. Today, I learn that I think Chris "no wanky" O'D can and will win.

    DeMint supports my individual liberty to think what he wants me to think.

    September 17, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Sadie

    Conservatives from the Tea Party thinks O'Donnell can win and should win.......

    DeMitt that is NOT AMERICA. that's Delaware......she won but not by that many more votes.....that was from the Conservative Tea Party in the STATE OF DELAWARE (That is not America that is not all Americans)......many Republicans didn't vote for her......the ones sending her finanical support is from out of State Tea Party supporters and Govenors that belong to the Tea Party......and Palin WHO doesn't live in that you can't say that AMERICA thinks she should win.....come November the Democrats, Independents , Republicans that didn't vote for her will be voting in the STATE of DELAWARE not all of America........November will tell just how many Republicans, Independent, and democrats vote for her....

    September 17, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Julie C

    Yes, it's all about winning a key state and nothing more. It's the GOP's only agenda item at this point, to win that seat. They are desperate and will pay big bucks to get there. They don't care that this person's integrity sucks (ripped off political funds for her own rent?). Maybe that's just being industrious? The GOP knows she's a wingnut even for their causes, yet that seat and power means more than taking care of our great country. Shame on the GOP; extra shame on the ignorant voters. Heard women say they are voting for her because "she's a woman". You've got to be kidding! This nutjob wants to tell you how to manage your sex life; she's flat out crazy. What a circus!

    September 17, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. ED FL

    Demint is not known for being smart,however devious and questionable thinking are his 2 largest traits. Maybe he can get his democrat opponent Green to give him some pointers.

    September 17, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Whatever

    Doesn't matter what anyone outside of the state of DE says or donates. Only registered voters in that state matter. The party primaries soley focus on those party voters. General elections are what counts. She claims she does not want to go negative and that was said during their first debate. Let's see if she keeps her word, she can't use the establishment theme because Coon is not. Sounded like many skeptical voters were there to hear what she said and heckled her. Now O'Donnell is running from comments she made years ago and has admitted she hates she said some of the things she did because she is being haunted by them. If she believed that she should say she did and move on. If she wins she'll be voted out with all the rest voted in this year because voters will get tired of gridlock.

    September 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. kyle from ohio

    This electtion is for the people of Delaware to decide, not the outside pundits.

    September 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    I like Jim Demint more and more with each passing day! the guy is a real class act. We need many more like him in Congress.

    September 17, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Lucas Breen

    This man is living of the taxpayers and doing nothing for the state he was elected to represent. He is a disgrace.

    Here in SC we have the highest unemployment, the worst schools, and the worst health care coverage in the nation... and this man is running around the country playing games.

    I hope he does better for the people of Delaware than he has done for those of us who are stuck with him in SC.

    September 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. rs

    So, when are Republicans going to start wearing turbans and cutting off people's hands? ODonnell is a kook (just like Palin, Miller, Paul and the gang). Anyone who supports them is delusional if they think Americans accept their brand of extremism.

    September 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    Poor Dr.Demented,he wants to be Jefferson Davis so badly.Lets just laugh at him and those that keep electing this moron.

    September 17, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Ken, AZ

    They're raising lots of money, great. However, the majority of those contributors cannot vote in the Delaware general election.

    September 17, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Lori in St Pete


    I'm an American jim, and I don't believe she should win it. Additionally, it's not up to "America" to choose the freshman senator from Delaware – it's up to the citizens of that state to choose who they want to represent them. Considering there are twice as many registered Dems as rethugliban in Delaware, and considering that 80% of Castle's supporters say they won't vote for her, it's not lookin' so good for her. Thanks for playing though!

    September 17, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |

    I'm not a pundit. I think she's a bad choice. No ideas, no class, backwards mentality.

    September 17, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Sniffit

    Just a friendly reminder to my self-righteous and delusional conservative brethren:

    Reagan – 243 recess appoints
    Bush 1 – 77 recess appointments
    Clinton – 140 recess appointments
    Bush 2 – 171 recess appointments
    Obama – 22 recess appointments

    Yes, it is the GOP and conservatives who most enjoy the "back-door underhanded sneaky, yet strangely constitutional," recess appointment. You may now return to your regularly scheduled tantrum.

    September 17, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. kd

    If Demint is backing this lunatic, he deserves to be ousted, too.

    September 17, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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