GOP civil war: Tea Party group announces spending nearly $1 million to oust Mitch McConnell

The Senate Conservatives Fund continues its war on the GOP's Senate Minority Leader

Published January 3, 2014 6:20PM (EST)

Mitch McConnell                                                 (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
Mitch McConnell (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), an influential Tea Party activist organization run by a former aide to ex-senator and current Heritage Foundation head Jim DeMint, announced on Friday that it had already spent nearly $1 million in support of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's GOP primary opponent, Matt Bevin.

SCF reported that it spent $535,000 on promotional material for Bevin's campaign and directly gave Bevin another $450,000 more. McConnell, however, is reported to have somewhere around $10 million in his campaign war chest, money he'll need not only to fend off Bevin but to also best his likely Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes. The latest polling shows Grimes and McConnell to be essentially tied.

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[SCF] spent more than $2 million donating to or promoting five candidates last year, three of whom are challenging incumbent Republican senators. SCF’s second-largest investment went to Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who received about $516,000 in favor of his challenge to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

SCF spent about $600,000 combined on the candidacies of three other Republicans: Rob Maness in Louisiana, Ben Sasse in Nebraska and Milton Wolf in Kansas, a distant cousin of President Barack Obama who is taking on incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas).

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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