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

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. guest

    extremist 'reduce government spending and conservative family values' group backs candidate that used SC government money to finance his affair in south america. Irony at it's finest.

    March 17, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Dead Bear

    Answer me this... How can they have the word "Freedom" in the name of their group when their financial backers would love nothing more than to see the entire political process hijacked in the name of special interests?

    March 17, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "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."
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    Maybe the dems can have that Alvin Green cat run again.

    March 17, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    "The political action committee for FreedomWorks, a grassroots conservative group..."

    Hahahaahahahahahahahaha... heeheheheh,... hahahahahaahahaha.... grassroots!?!?
    Hahahaahahahahahahahaha...
    Liberal media?!?!
    Hahahaahahahahahahahaha...
    support term limits out of one side of mouth, but endorse dinosaurs like Inhofe out of the other!?!?!?
    Hahahaahahahahahahahaha...
    Can anyone except te abag gers read past the first sentence of this article and keep a straight face?
    Ferocious freedom fighting freedom fighters against those freedom haters who oppose our freedom loving freedom er... freedomisers...

    March 17, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. yolanda

    @Dead Bear, kind of like MoveOn, huh? Simply special interests on the other end of the (political) spectrum. They all stink.

    March 17, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. salty dog

    Dead bear, how about citizens united, or right to work, its their way of adding insult to injury, I seriously can't understand why one would vote gop.

    March 17, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. salty dog

    Is this like the "grass roots" movement sponsored, funded, and arranged by the Koch brothers super pac, too funny!

    March 17, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    @yolanda

    "@Dead Bear, kind of like MoveOn, huh? Simply special interests on the other end of the (political) spectrum. They all stink."
    No actually MoveOn was a true grassroots organization, which is why the gop worked so hard to destroy it. Had it been a fake group backed by billionaires like this one, then out of professional courtesy they would have let fox news and rwnj radio destroy it.
    Honor among thieves....

    March 17, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    "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."
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    Actually, that guy was not funded or supported by the SC Democrats. Turns out he was put into the Democratic primary in order to knock off the Democratic incumbent, and was funded by SC Republicans. Did you forget, or not know?

    March 17, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Ron L

    First I question the phrase "grass roots" being applied to Freedom Works or any of the other organization if the 70% or more of the funding does not come from donations of $1000.00 or less. Now in regards to them supporting incumbent Republicans instead of Wack-O birds, it is great news. Now, if they will only give their representatives "permission" to compromise on things like infrastructure projects, and eliminating HUGE loopholes in the tax laws for wealthy Americans, to pay for those projects. Maybe, just maybe, America can then tackle the $1 trillion dollars of repair that needs to be done in some substantial way over the next 5 years.

    March 17, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. salty dog

    They have no problem with everyone knowing they donated to a hospital, why not divulge how much you gave the super pacs? When the rich give that kind of money without taking credit, and bragging to the world, makes you wonder. As a matter of fact, they go to great lengths to hide it, and still do it tax free, BS

    March 17, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Maybe the dems can have that Alvin Green cat run again.

    March 17, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Ron L

    First I question the phrase "grass roots" being applied to Freedom Works or any of the other organization if the 70% or more of the funding does not come from donations of $1000.00 or less. Now in regards to them supporting incumbent Republicans instead of Wack-O birds, it is great news. ... ... ...
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    I think every one of the candidates named in the article that Freedomworks was supporting would quite easily meet John McCain's definition of a whacko bird. All of 'em. When McCain quipped that remark, he was referring to almost exclusively to many of the sitting Republican members of Congress.

    March 17, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. 2_indy1600

    Maybe the dems can call Bill Clinton and ask him to undo ICANN so our internet is not given away to the Chinese. Relinquishing the www has nothing to do with NSA, Snowden, or Obama–other than he apprenticed under Clinton. Bush had a chance to undo it, Obama had a chance to undo NSA, but Clinton is at the bottom of this treachery. For the life of me, don't understand liberal logic.

    March 17, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. yolanda

    @Ol' Yeller, yes MoveOn meets your criteria for grass roots, so that legitimizes it, eh? I stand by my earlier post....they all stink.

    March 17, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    GOP is going crazy with this election...

    March 17, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HILARIOUS watching Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts walk the plank toward another November. Can't wait to see Grover Norquist and the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    March 17, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Guess they may have some significant disappointments, this year........as I feel certain, some incumbents are going to lose their primary.

    March 17, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @2_indy1600
    Maybe the dems can call Bill Clinton and ask him to undo ICANN so our internet is not given away to the Chinese. Relinquishing the www has nothing to do with NSA, Snowden, or Obama–other than he apprenticed under Clinton. Bush had a chance to undo it, Obama had a chance to undo NSA, but Clinton is at the bottom of this treachery. For the life of me, don't understand liberal logic.
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    ding ding ding
    We have our Right Wing conspiracy of the day! "give our internet to the Chinese!" ICANN has always been meant to move out from under US control from the beginning. And "our internet" is not our internet. That doesn't even make sense as a word coupling.

    March 17, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    2_indy1600

    Maybe the dems can call Bill Clinton and ask him to undo ICANN so our internet is not given away to the Chinese. Relinquishing the www has nothing to do with NSA, Snowden, or Obama–other than he apprenticed under Clinton. Bush had a chance to undo it, Obama had a chance to undo NSA, but Clinton is at the bottom of this treachery. For the life of me, don't understand liberal logic.
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    What on Earth are you talking about? Bill Clinton has nothing to do with them removing government oversight and privatizing the non-profit group. Personally, I think that it is major mistake. It's comparable to privatizing the FCC and the allocation and assigning of radio frequencies and channels to private companies.

    I think it also violates "High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991", which is more widely known as the law Gore wrote that turned government computer communication technology to the public domain. Yeah, literally the legal birth of what we have come to know as the world wide web. The law prohibits anyone one party from owning or controlling any part of it, decreeing that it should forever remain in the public domain. I don't see privatizing it meets the spirit of the law.

    March 17, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Luc

    Please Koch brothers and the special interest groups spend your millions you will not win the 2016 election. The funny part is the GOP think they have changed new ads for disgruntle Dem voters LOL. I just like to see all this money spent by the GOP to see them say what happened we should of won we've changed. Just like ANNA Navaro during the 2012 election we got this bosting etc. just to see her eat crow was the best. They should of had that on SNL. If the GOP were really interested in winning they should get to work now and pass immigration law, minimum wage, back ground checks for guns just to name a few. That won't happen viva la Dems. Thank you GOP.

    March 17, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. tom l

    yolanda

    @Ol' Yeller, yes MoveOn meets your criteria for grass roots, so that legitimizes it, eh? I stand by my earlier post....they all stink.
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    Totally agreed. You know what else they don't like to mention about MoveOn and the guy (Soros) who "donated" millions to the organization? The fact that Soros is a convicted felon for....wait for it....INSIDER TRADING! The man is as typical of a 1%er that there is yet they love the guy.

    March 17, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Silence DoGood

    @yolanda
    @Ol' Yeller, yes MoveOn meets your criteria for grass roots, so that legitimizes it, eh? I stand by my earlier post....they all stink.
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    Koch founded/funded orgs like this stink just a bit more IMHO since their family is also involved in John Birch (founding) and Christians groups (wikipedia et al) interested in reforming this country into a theocratic-corporate state. That would be a bad thing.

    March 17, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    GOP is pretty much gone to dogs with this election, sure.

    March 17, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. 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....

    March 17, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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