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Establishment GOP faces fact it can’t beat democrats, so now putting vast amounts of money in all out fight against Tea Party, opening dozens of new Super PACs with unlimited cash, co-founder of Mitt Romney super PAC joining in to beat Tea Party-Politico

November 9, 2013

Top 10 key US Senate races backed and lost by the GOP Establishment in 2012


11/8/13, “GOP super PACs gear up to fight tea party,” Politico, Byron Tau, Anna Palmer

Republican operatives want to help establishment candidates fend off tea party challenges with a new weapon: unlimited cash.

Consultants and attorneys — including the co-founder of the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC are laying the groundwork or have already filed paperwork for dozens of super PACs organized to support individual candidates running next year….

“The prime targets for this sort of a strategy are incumbents that expect a primary election challenge,” said Charlie Spies, the co-founder of Restore Our Future, which spent more than $140 million to support Mitt Romney. “Even if candidates trust American Crossroads will step in for a Senate race or American Action Network or Congressional Leadership Fund for a House race, they are more likely to focus resources on general election races than getting involved in primary contests.”

Recent election cycles have been dominated by well-founded conservative groups such as Karl Rove’s Crossroads network and the Koch-linked Americans for Prosperity. But those organizations have largely stayed out of primary fights, where tea party-associated groups have helped unseat more moderate Republicans.

Super PACs — unlike congressional campaigns — are permitted to raise and spend unlimited funds. The downside, however, is that the campaign and the PAC are forbidden from coordinating. The Federal Election Commission requires a strict firewall between a campaign and a super PAC – meaning that a trusted aide usually needs to helm the outside effort.

The strategy shift reflects the growing internecine warfare between Republicans that will likely characterize the 2014 and 2016 campaigns — as tea party and social conservative factions battle more moderate and establishment Republicans. The Senate Conservatives Fund, for instance — founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint before he decamped to the Heritage Foundation — has vowed to attack GOP candidates deemed insufficiently conservative.

Establishment Republicans say previous efforts to sack moderates only served to boost unelectable candidates like Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell or Missouri’s Todd Akin who blew the GOP’s chances in winnable general elections.

Spies has already set up more than a dozen super PACs in this vein, but declined to discuss the specifics of his efforts. Other top-tier Republican consultants that have Senate or House super PACs in the works also wouldn’t comment, but the names of many of the mysterious groups that have filed with the FEC this year reference key congressional battleground states like

  • Georgia, Arkansas, Idaho, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Alaska and North Carolina.

Others like the pro-Sen. Mitch McConnell Kentuckians for Strong Leadership or the pro-Sen. David Vitter Fund For Louisiana’s Future are already off the ground and running.

Single-candidate super PACs also is a sign party leaders believe donors are unhappy with the results of big money groups in recent years — and are willing to take their checkbooks elsewhere.

Rove’s Crossroads groups budgeted more than $300 million on a plan to defeat President Barack Obama and flip the Senate to the GOP in 2012 — and failed. The perceived stumbles of Crossroads in 2012 led immediately to recriminations within the conservative movement about Rove’s dominance of the outside money apparatus. It also means donors want to know more about how their money is spent.”…via Lucianne


Nelson Rockefeller’s revenge lives on:

“The betrayal of Ken Cuccinelli has the GOP going back to the future.

Call them the Sabotage Republicans.

The Republican Party has two serious problems on its hands.

The first is with those like Eric Cantor’s ex-chief of staff who are invited into leadership positions in the party —

  • when they in fact are not conservatives at all and quietly or openly seek to sabotage the party.

The second is with those Establishment Republicans who do manage to win — and then see their job as merely

  • managing the leftist status quo. 

This time around the target was Ken Cuccinelli.

But Ken Cuccinelli wasn’t the first — and he isn’t going to be the last.

That is the Republican Party’s real problem. And it’s a big one.”


“In Illinois, there’s only one political party. It’s The Combine — the collaborative combination of Democrat and Republican politicians and party officials who work together to harvest the taxpayers’ money.”

11/9/13, “Cuccinelli Only the Latest Conservative Candidate Targeted by G.O.P.,” Lee Cary, American Thinker

The Republican establishment continues to undercut the campaigns of conservative candidates.  Ken Cuccinelli was just the latest.  

In early 2013, a Texas-based Tea Party website posted a series of articles that documented how the G.O.P. establishment, at the county, state and national levels, had worked against six candidates supported by Tea Party organizations — five running for House seats, and one G.O.P. nominee for a U.S. Senate seat.

A seventh case detailed how the Chair of the Illinois State Republican Central Committee was chosen. It illustrates the “Illinois Combine” –

  • the bipartisan collaborative formula going national these days.”…


Ten+ 2012 US Senate races backed and lost by the GOP establishment:

1. Florida,

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