Tea Party Funds Given to Sen. McConnell
Posted at 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2013
Although tea party favorites Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee declined this week to endorse the re-election effort of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., they had been part of a joint effort with McConnell in May to raise funds from tea party supporters that netted McConnell $13,450.
A national tea party committee, the Tea Party Leadership Fund (formerly known as the TeaParty.Net Leadership Fund), a hybrid PAC with a noncontribution account, based in Alexandria, Va., contributed $40,000 in May to In Defense of Free Speech JFC, a joint fundraising committee set up in May. The $53,800 in proceeds were split between four candidates, with each getting $13,450. The candidates were McConnell, Cruz, Lee and John Cornyn, R-Texas. The McConnell Senate Committee ’14 was sent $10,950 on June 29 and $2,500 on June 25.
The Tea Party Leadership Fund reported it raised $517,644 and spent $496,076 from May 1 to June 30, leaving $144,482 cash on hand as of June 30. Contributors giving $200 or less gave $479,942. Their fundraising total for the first six months of the year is unknown since the committee has not filed a report covering April. In the first quarter of the year the committee raised $548,315.
From May 1 to June 30, the committee spent $180,942 on fundraising; $72,840 on telemarketing; $28,832 on marketing; $27,754 on legal; services; $20,000 on a charitable contribution to the Coolidge Reagan Foundation; $20,618 on online advertising and fundraising; among others. The committee gave $5,000 each to Rob Maness, R-La., and Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and $1,000 each to Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. and Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C.
In 2011-2012, the Tea Party Leadership Fund raised $1.2 million and contributed $57,500 to candidates and spent $154,172 on independent expenditures.