FreedomWorks backs incumbent members of Congress
March 17th, 2014
12:06 PM ET
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FreedomWorks backs incumbent members of Congress

(CNN) - The political action committee for FreedomWorks, a grassroots conservative group known for backing tea party challengers, released a list Monday of incumbent lawmakers it's endorsing in this year's midterm elections.

In the Senate, the group backs third-term Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, who doesn't have a Republican challenger.

FreedomWorks also supports Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who was appointed to the Senate at the end of 2012 and will run for a special election this year to fill the remainder of former Sen. Jim DeMint's seat.

The group endorses Sen. Jim Risch in Idaho, a first-term senator who was elected with 65% support in the GOP primary in 2008, and with 58% in the general election.

Neither Risch or Scott are facing serious primary challengers.

"FreedomWorks PAC is working hard to bring fresh talent to the table, but it's also critical to protect the new generation of leadership that has begun repopulating the Republican Party," Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks PAC, said in a statement.

On the House side, FreedomWorks backs Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida, and Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida–all of whom were first elected in 2012.

It also supports Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona, who was first elected to Congress from 1994-2000, and was re-elected in 2012. The group also backs two congressmen who came to the House in the GOP wave of 2010: Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia and Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.

Other names on its endorsement list includes Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who was first elected to Congress from 1994 to 2000, then served as governor from 2002 to 2010. He was elected to the House again in a 2013 special election. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, a conservative firebrand who was elected in 2004, also made the list.


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  1. 2_indy1600

    Thought I indicated WWW; it was Manning who gave "our" internet away. Clinton and Gore signed off on ICANN. It gets confusing when there is so little info on US move out of ICANN. Bad idea, no matter where it originated.

    March 17, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. yolanda

    @Silence, i am in no way endorsing the Koch brothers.i am simply saying that one cannot have it both ways. Mr. Soros showed his true colors when he tried to break the Bank of England in the early 1990's. He had no regard for the economic disaster he was creating, or the effect it would have on the entire country.,....you know, the little guy that he claims to champion. I find his hypocrisy to be as unpleasant as the Koch brothers. They might well be miserable, self interested, ultra-right wing crazies, but they are not hiding behind some pseudo-do gooder facade like Soros is doing.

    March 17, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. just asking

    look, we aren't complaining about all the communists and socialists that own and support the demorcat party so stop complaining about who supports the republican party.

    March 17, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @tom l
    Silence,

    Based on your criteria for the Koch brothers (PRIVATE citizens, by the way), how do you feel about Al Gore's father? Do a little research and get back to me on that guy. For starters, he voted AGAINST the Civil Rights Act of 1964....
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    Al Gore Jr. believed and acted on a different philosophy than his father. The Koch bros are behaving in line with their family's general radical right philosophy.

    My criteria was the concern that Koch's have an interest in "reforming this country into a theocratic-corporate state." What does that have to do with Al Gore's father voting against the Civil Rights act? He was quoted as saying it was "later claimed that the 1964 vote was his biggest mistake". When did the Koch's renounce their radical right wing corporate take over plans?

    March 17, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. smith

    Koch Bros. and George Soros are one in the same except for their political agenda.

    March 17, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    @ yolanda – the difference between the two is that Soros supports liberals; therefore, his misdeeds are just "misunderstood".

    March 17, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @yolanda "Soros showed his true colors when he tried to break the Bank of England"
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    I cannot give you full credit for a conspiracy theory but 10 points are awarded for elevating an event into the realm of imagined evil. He did cost the BOE so many billion in a short sale of currency which paid off when they withdrew from the Europe exchange. He wasn't "trying" to sabotage the bank as you deviously or ignorantly imply. As with any junior conspiracy theory I must ask: What proof do you have he meant to hurt the bank and simple sell short to make money as the opportunity presented?

    March 17, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. salty dog

    All gore is not running for office, he was cheated out of the precidency fair and square ( Jeb bush and his SOS).

    March 17, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    yolanda

    @Silence, i am in no way endorsing the Koch brothers.i am simply saying that one cannot have it both ways. Mr. Soros showed his true colors when he tried to break the Bank of England in the early 1990's.
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    Wasn't he acting as Director of the IMF at the time? Not with his personal money. Now a decade or so later he did remove billions in hard cash from Far East banks, nearly crashing the markets out there. He didn't have much choice in that matter because they were literally stealing money from his accounts, so he pulled all of it. Suddenly, the assets to liabilities ratios of Hong Kong banks were looking like sudden death was on the horizon.

    March 17, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    @ yolanda – the difference between the two is that Soros supports liberals; therefore, his misdeeds are just "misunderstood".
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    Cosnervatives are not interested in supporting a dillution of political power, just the opposite. Everything the Koch's have fought for is a concentration of poltiical and economic power into their hands, since they assume they know what is best for us based upon the welathy they inherited. Soros is doing everything he can to extend opportunity to others because he remembers where ordicnary people come from. Is he a saint? Nope, but he's a damn sight better then a pair of brothers who insist on influencing and knowing about everything, yet wish to remain secretive and beyond public scrutiny. Must be nice to fund lawsuits that blatantly protect your own interests.

    March 17, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Ol' Yeller

    @Fair is Fair

    "@ yolanda – the difference between the two is that Soros supports liberals; therefore, his misdeeds are just "misunderstood"."

    I can't speak for others on here, but I am all for any American being able to OPENLY support the party of their choice. Problem is, too many ultra conservative corporations (who are now 'people' according to SCOTUS, so for some reason get two voices as opposed to my one- their individual voice and their corporate voice) are pouring money into cherry picked campaigns and they not only wish to keep it secret, they take great pains to keep it secret. Why would that be? I'm proud to let you know who I support and if the SCOTUS, as they seem to be saying, believes 'money' or 'contributuions' is somehow 'speech', then why can't we hear what they are saying (many of you righties may have a lot of difficulty with the preceding sentence, it requires some reading comprehension on a higher level than 'See Spot Run')?
    Nevertheless... you can keep your billionaires and their deep pockets. I'm going to stick with the American people and their vote.
    If they still have one after your party gets through with them....

    March 17, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    @ yolanda – the difference between the two is that Soros supports liberals; therefore, his misdeeds are just "misunderstood".
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    Nice spin, Fair. The difference lies in what political activities the groups involve themselves in. Soros groups had never tried to take out ads and run them in the media, not until the Koch groups began with their onslaught of misleading ads. You're putting the cart in front of the horse.

    March 17, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz aka Take Back The House

    I think they're only endorsing Inhofe out of compassion for him losing his son.

    March 17, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Dallas

    They are endorsing that whack job Louis Gohmert – what does that say about this organizaton??

    March 17, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. just asking

    Rudy NYC
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    Nice spin, Fair. The difference lies in what political activities the groups involve themselves in. Soros groups had never tried to take out ads and run them in the media,
    -–

    lies rudy... ever hear of moveon.org? and a myriad of other progressive/socialist/communist organizations. all doing their dirty work beneath the radar.

    March 17, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Silence DoGood

    @tom l
    Silence,

    Based on your criteria for the Koch brothers (PRIVATE citizens, by the way), how do you feel about Al Gore's father? Do a little research and get back to me on that guy. For starters, he voted AGAINST the Civil Rights Act of 1964....
    ----–
    Al Gore Jr. believed and acted on a different philosophy than his father. The Koch bros are behaving in line with their family's general radical right philosophy.

    My criteria was the concern that Koch's have an interest in "reforming this country into a theocratic-corporate state." What does that have to do with Al Gore's father voting against the Civil Rights act? He was quoted as saying it was "later claimed that the 1964 vote was his biggest mistake". When did the Koch's renounce their radical right wing corporate take over plans?
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    Tom, do you really think its in the best interest of this country to defend very wealthy private citizens, who are, well, private, and accountable to no one? Your attempt to steer the conversation away by bringing up Al Gore's father, a man who lost his Senate seat over his opposition to the Viet Nam War, is the act of someone who knows he can't win the argument unless he diverts attention. If the system stinks as much as you say it does, why endorse the actions of people who epitomise everything the Liberatarians claim to abhor? If you claim to have a reforming instinct of any kind, why defend bored billionaires who want all the power to themselves for any reason at all? What have they done to deserve your undying loyalty and fealty, otehr than make a lot more money than their daddy?

    March 17, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    "FreedomWorks," yet if you deviate one step from their rigid ideology, they work to destroy you.

    Pathetically laughable, the lot of them ...

    March 17, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @smith: "Koch Bros. and George Soros are one in the same except for their political agenda."

    Hardly. George Soros pretty much sat out the 2012 election; the Koch brothers through millions upon millions into races all across the country.

    BTW, if corporations are people, then what is the height, weight and BMI of Koch Industries?

    *crickets*

    March 17, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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