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. rs

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

    January 3, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. smith

    Think of all the poor people that could be helped with the millions wasted on these politicians.

    January 3, 2014 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Jules

    I almost feel sorry for him, but not enough to send him a donation. I'm sure the other guy is a bigger fruitcake if the far right is supporting him. I suppose McConnell is guilty of some great sin like working with the Democrats a couple of times – couldn't have been more than that.

    January 3, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Smitty

    No loss if Mitchy leaves, vote him out. Swaps sides to ever has something for him. These reps are suppose to work for us. Bye bye Mitchy.

    January 3, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Donna

    Doing the Democrats bidding with millions of dollars being directed at people on the same team instead of at the Democrats. These are the same flippin' morons that cost the Republicans sure Senate wins in the past and likely the majority in the Senate. If they end up losing these seats to the Democrats then these people need to be tarred and feathered. One seriously believes to wonder if this organization has been infiltrated by liberals and Democrats.

    January 3, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Debbie

    Please stop calling all Republicans conservative. The new TEA/Libertarian in the party are not conservative but reactionaries.

    January 3, 2014 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. Iamnotfooled

    Good. Now get rid of Cantor, and Boehner , and the rest of the Do Nothing bozo's. They are all worthless and wasting taxpayers money and time.

    January 3, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. HenryMiller

    There are various Republican sects I dislike more than others, but the lot of them have to learn that the objective is rid the country of its most destructive menace, Democrats.

    January 3, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Thomas

    They Eat There Own !

    The GOP sure has a lot of cash to be throwing around . Randy Paul would love to see Mitch McConnell out of his way.

    Aqua Buddha 2016

    January 3, 2014 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Establishment Republicans and Tea Partiers beating up on each other during the primary season can only be good news for Democrats. RNC Chairman Priebus must be disheartened to see that no one is taking his rebranding efforts memo seriously.

    January 3, 2014 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Conservatives have had enough of McConnell's caving to the dictator.

    January 4, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  12. louenglish

    I don't recall seeing the headline "Liberal group funnels millions to defeat blah blah blah". You have to admire George Soros's willingness to stay in the background while he funnels his millions.

    January 4, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. rs

    The question for the GOP ought to be: How far down this rabbit hole of senseless Right-wing radicalism is the GOP going to go?
    Sure, Mr. McConnell is a reprehensible example for Senate leadership (the most filibusters ever, in the last 5 years), but turning ever Rightward to crazier and crazier ideas will not win the GOP any elections of merit. Virginia turned completely Democratic after "Ultrasound Bob" and the unhinged GOP agenda there. Perhaps moderation and leadership might be in order?

    January 4, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Norma Vessels

    I see we Democrats in Kentucky have a helping hand with the Tea Party going after one of their own, Mitch McConnell. I'm all for that, as long as our Democratic opponent defeats the winner in the November election. :-)

    January 4, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. wendel

    these nut jobs want to get rid of the creeps they have now and replace them with even creepier trolls who will really be off the wall. Vote all repos out so we can have a government that works instead of this side show the republican party keeps inflicting on the American public.

    January 4, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Thomas

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

    =======

    Green Eggs An Ham ?

    January 4, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. rs

    Donna
    Doing the Democrats bidding with millions of dollars being directed at people on the same team instead of at the Democrats. These are the same flippin' morons that cost the Republicans sure Senate wins in the past and likely the majority in the Senate. If they end up losing these seats to the Democrats then these people need to be tarred and feathered. One seriously believes to wonder if this organization has been infiltrated by liberals and Democrats.
    _________________
    It might scare you, but on this point we agree. Well, except that crazy talk that the GOP has been infiltrated. It has, but by the TEA Party oilmen of Texas!

    January 4, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Gurgyl

    GOP doomed.

    January 4, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    Spend more, as has been proven time and time again, get a bagger in through the primaries and lose the general.

    Stupid is repeating the same actions and expecting different results.

    One would have thought 43 failed repeal attempts for Obamacare(s) would have eventually taught the House GOP a lesson.

    The GOP really is the party of stupid!

    January 4, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    louenglish
    I don't recall seeing the headline "Liberal group funnels millions to defeat blah blah blah". You have to admire George Soros's willingness to stay in the background while he funnels his millions.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You'd see those headlines if a dem candidate was being primaried by their own party. That's pretty big news. However, the dem party isn't chock full of reactionaries ready to dump an elected official for thinking outside the hive from time to time.

    January 4, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. dave

    What a good time to be in the campaigning business.

    January 4, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This is GREAT NEWS! Let the Tea Tards beat the heck out of Little Miss Mitch and the Democrat will stroll into his office!

    January 4, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. dave

    In all fairness, who thought that peddling hate, fear, and religion in politics would ever cause any problems?

    January 4, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Larry in Houston

    LOL – hope she doesn't get a swelled head, bit I agree w/ Donna on this one, this time around......

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

    are you saying "The Lifer" Mitch has been caving ?? You certainly must be delusional.....

    'ole Mitch has been fighting him ever since he's said that he was going to make him a 1 termer....

    January 4, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Elizabeth

    As a conservative I am SO disheartened to see we are going down this road YET again. I think McConnell has done a masterful job of holding back what he has been able to on the progressive blitz while negotiating his losses as well as could be humanly expected. What a waste of money in the least, what a shame if they succeed.

    FOOLS, wake up! Please let's not waste ANOTHER election to unelectable zealots!

    January 4, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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