Conservative group funnels nearly $1 million into race against McConnell
January 3rd, 2014
06:10 PM ET
12 months ago

Conservative group funnels nearly $1 million into race against McConnell

(CNN) - A conservative group announced Friday that its members spent $2 million in Senate races in the fourth quarter of 2013, roughly half of which went to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's arch-conservative primary challenger.

The Senate Conservatives Fund said members invested nearly $1 million in the primary race to oust McConnell and nominate tea party challenger Matt Bevin.

McConnell, however, has a hefty war chest. While he hasn't announced spending or fundraising figures for last year's fourth quarter, his campaign had nearly $10 million cash on hand as of the end of September.

The SCF helped raise and spend about $0.5 million in Mississippi against incumbent GOP Sen. Thad Cochran, who is facing a primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

In another Republican primary challenge, SCF members spent just over $100,000–either directly or through SCF's own efforts–backing challenger Milton Wolf against GOP incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas.

"The Republican establishment in Washington may spend hundreds of millions against conservative candidates this year, but the grassroots aren't going down without a fight," SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins said in a statement.

The rest of the $2 million goes toward SCF's endorsed candidates in the open Nebraska Senate race and in Louisiana, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her seat.


Filed under: 2014 • Mitch McConnell • Senate
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. t

    .......Turtle soup, on the Tea Party menu............................

    January 4, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Hector Slagg

    Whatever,
    Some are trying to generate some news here. Being Conservative will not help the Liberal's in any event. Fiscal Responsibility is sorely needed in Washington. Something the Liberal's know nothing about. It was reported that the majority on jobs created lately are mostly part time. Brew up some Tea!

    January 4, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    My goodness.......Little brilliant Donna advocating violence against a whole group of people. But then isn't violence the left wing manner of taking care of things?

    January 4, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. PrettyFingFunny

    McConnell is a phony, always was.

    January 4, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Marcus (from...?)

    rs – to be able to learn from your errors and mistakes demands first that you recognize that you've made errors and mistakes, which implies the ability of analize rationally your own past behavior and actions.
    TEA Party indoctrinated politicians are yet to show that they can do that...

    January 4, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote out the Repub/tea bag majority

    @rs: "If McConnell gets primaries from the Right, the GOP won't win the Senate in 2014."

    From you lips, to God's ears!!! :)

    January 4, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote out the Repub/tea bag majority

    @Rick McDaniel: "Conservatives have had enough of McConnell's caving to the dictator."

    If President Obama is a dictator, why has he not killed his political enemies? Disappeared their families? Tortured those who publicly disagree with him?

    Because that's what dictators do – just ask Argentina, Zimbabwe, Syria, Libya under Qaddafi, Iraq under Saddam, Burma, Museveni, Castro, Putin, Serbia under Milosovic, Honduras, North Korea ...

    January 4, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    None, I mean absolutely none will ever vote for this old, coot, trash of USA, GOP garbage is totally dead. GOP is gone to dogs for another fifty years or so.....

    January 4, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. rs

    At the end of the day, if the GOP loses McConnell to the TEA Party lunatics, they lose any moderate voters- and another election. As McConnell goes, so goes the rest of the party. This is what Goldwater warned the GOP about with the John Birch Society and their nuttiness in the '60s.

    Perhaps instead of Mr. Pribus' navel gazing on GOP losses, the GOP needs to better understand why they keep falling prey to the ultra-Rightists.

    This nation needs two, strong viable parties to operate. By engaging and encouraging their insane base, and their utra-Rightist anti-American policies the GOP is failing America-and themselves and their party.

    January 4, 2014 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Thanks to Obama the GOP grows strong

    January 4, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. sonnie3

    Dear Gurgyl

    You make no sense at all. obama care will take care of the democrats in 2014 and beyond. Because it is a 100%
    liberal democrat infused mess and is not workable as advertised. It is a big power grab that will not fly. It was not well thought out and they thought it would coast right in and all would like it. Well Guess Again.

    January 4, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. sonnie3

    One more thought/ Mitch's time is up and I hope he is put out to pasture.

    January 4, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. Stella

    TOTAL idiots. If they can't get 100% of what they want, they continually settle for ZILCH. No wonder the Tea Party has lost all credibility in America.

    January 5, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. marcus

    More conservative than McConnell? What is the teabbaggger, Hitler risen from dead?

    January 5, 2014 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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