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February 1, 2014 - 7:39 am

Something of a wake-up call for establishment Republicans, I think. The New York Times is reporting that “insurgent” Republican groups are outraising more establishment-oriented organizations.

By a lot.

Four Republican-leaning groups with close ties to the party’s leadership in Congress — Crossroads and its “super PAC” affiliate, the Congressional Leadership Fund, and Young Guns Action — raised a combined $7.7 million in 2013. By contrast, four conservative organizations that have battled Republican candidates deemed too moderate or too yielding on spending issues — FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth Action Fund, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Tea Party Patriots — raised a total of $20 million in 2013, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed on Friday.

“This is by far the biggest nonelection year we’ve ever had,” said Matt Hoskins, the executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund. “It shows how committed people are to electing true conservatives and to advancing conservative principles.”

It’s true that David Koch’s group, Americans for Prosperity, has been pouring early money into Senate races. But almost all of that money has been directed at vulnerable Democrats and not spent in service to any GOP incumbents. It’s unknown if Koch will jump into any Republican primaries on the side of anti-establishment candidates.

Other groups have not been shy about where their allegiances lie:

The Senate Conservatives Fund has feuded bitterly with party organizations, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and has financed challenges to incumbent senators who it does not believe adhere sufficiently to conservative orthodoxy.

In Kentucky, the fund is backing Matt Bevin, a businessman, in his bid to unseat Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Republican leader.

“If Mitch McConnell wins, the party will continue to drift away from its conservative principles and become increasingly hostile to the grass-roots,” the Senate Conservatives Fund states on its website. “But if Matt Bevin wins, the establishment’s stranglehold over the party will be broken and power will be restored to the people who elect these politicians.”

Because some of the biggest groups are not required to report their fund-raising to the Federal Election Commission and declined to volunteer the information, the figures do not include some major spenders on both sides, including Americans for Prosperity, and the American Action Network, which focused on House races and is affiliated with the Congressional Leadership Fund.

And the party-oriented organizations, which were organized and remain oriented toward helping Republicans win general elections, typically raise most of their revenue later in the election cycle.

“Our pledges are on track with previous cycles and we are increasingly enthusiastic about prospects for winning a majority in the Senate and holding the majority in the House,” said Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for Crossroads.

Moreover, major trade associations with ties to the Republican establishment have signaled they will spend heavily in this year’s election cycle, in part to help elevate candidates who can perform strongly in matchups against Democrats. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, traditionally one of the biggest players in campaigns, is forecasting that it will spend about $50 million on a mix of general election and primary races.

Yet there are signs that some of the establishment-oriented groups are being particularly careful with their cash. American Crossroads, the American Action Network and the YG Network announced a joint $1.2 million advertising campaign in the special election for a congressional seat in Florida, suggesting that the groups were taking care to pool their spending to achieve greater impact.

The downside is that millions of dollars are going to be spent on primaries instead of the general election. This may have been inevitable given the rancor between the camps, but the question has to be asked: how many of those challengers have a realistic shot at upending an establishment GOP senator or congressman?

To some, victory is not more important than making a statement about the purity of one candidate or another. While tribalism may be the smart political move, the practical effect of all of this is a questionable use of resources that could have been better used elsewhere.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Hey Rick - how about using the term 'democrat lite' or 'RINO' rather than the term 'moderate' when you refer to 'those' republicans? It reads easier and promotes better understanding.

Just sayin'...

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No more money to Institutional Republican candidates. Why fund the enemy? Contributions and work for Conservative and TEA Party candidates in the primaries and general, if such take place.

And in two special cases, McConnell and Boehner, contributions to their Democrat opponent if they win their primaries. The loss of those two seats would be far outweighed by the benefits of a) getting rid of those two lop-earred duds, and b) an example to other Institutionals that their political lives are not eternal.

Subotai Bahadur
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"...this is a questionable use of resources that could have been better used elsewhere."

Like where, for example?

On the Christie campaign? Or the campaign of another Romney?

No thanks, Rick, my money will support a CONSERVATIVE candidate, not one the Establishment Republicans want.
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Last week I got a request for a donation from John Boehner (R).

I was tempted just to skip the message but paused: Two new choices flashed before me: Send a donation in the amount of $.25. That's a message. The second idea was to hit the spam button.

I spammed him.
24 weeks ago
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The Washington DC political ruling class, republican and neocommunist alike, are starting to recognize their worst nightmare - an upswell of conservative American citizens who are FINALLY starting to pay attention to the corrupt criminal conspiracy which is American politics; we've had enough and people are finally getting involved. The "establishment" can only hope a continued news suppression of the truth will be complemented with an overt propaganda campaign to smear conservatives in general and the TEA Party in particular. "These are the times that try men's souls" - T. Paine 1775

Remember BENGHAZI!
24 weeks ago
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My idea is pretty simple , Mr. Moran - Just let the Rino retire , then all the problems you see will disappear !
24 weeks ago
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I refuse to passively go along with a corrupt primary process, or pretend to support people like Lindsey Graham, Peter King, and Mitch McConnnel, and especially, that petty, vindictive dirtbag of a speaker, Boehner.

The open, blatant dismissal and actively undermining of candidates that we've sent (Cruz, Abash, etc), plus the crooked cr@p that went on the primaries (mostly regarding Ron Paul, but with others) - why should we put up with Chicago political machine crap from within our own party?
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"millions of dollars are going to be spent on primaries instead of the general election"

That's where the real difference is made. So 'never primary anyone' should be the rule? Let's see, who benefits from that strategy?

"questionable use of resources that could have been better used elsewhere"

That judgement can be made only after the fact. Couldn't the resources that were wasted on McCain and Romney have been better used elsewhere?
24 weeks ago
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THere is NO distiction between establishment DEmocrats and establishment GOP 'ers. BOTH are in love with POWER, PRESTIGE and MONEY; and the vehicle through which they LOVE to operate - BIG GOVERNMENT CRONYISM.
So ... it is obviously going to cause rancour and panic when anyone challenges the status-quo of DC, and demands a return to first principles.
There is absolutely NO DOUBT left, that the GOP is HISTORY and that a new party that replaces that monolithic rotting carcass is arising; and WILL, over time, lead the U.S.A. into her destiny.
The Tea Party WILL influence the mid-terms and the election of a new POTUS; and will pave the way for the new party composed of all people that are in love with the destiny of the U.S.A. and the blueprint via which we will arrive at that destiny - The Constitution.
All this bloviating, prognosticating and pontificating doesn't amount to a hill of beans, RICK.
24 weeks ago
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For those RINOs that backstabbed us over the NSA spying, the shutdown, obozo care, budgetary issues, and undermine us on immigration amnesty, I'm actively contributing money to their primary challengers, and, if that fails, to their Demorat opponents.

And I'll send them a copy of the receipt, along with an explanation. Not that I expect it to make a difference.

These people are not %80 like me, or 80% of what I want any longer. They lack the integrity to be honest about what they're doing.
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Sending money to Democrats is a strategy that should be used very sparingly.
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Agreed. Getting rid of RINO half measures, then being able to remove the tool, has to be the focus.

I have no doubt that the left meddles in republican primaries. Time we meddled in theirs.
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If there are no primaries this time around, which seems to be a real possibility in my area, I swear I am changing my affiliation to Non-Affiliated. I do not cast my vote to help a certain group of people maintain power.

The Primary selection process is the only reason for someone like me to have party affiliation.
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"The downside is that millions of dollars are going to be spent on primaries instead of the general election."


It's so cute that you still think there's a two party system. What does it matter whether there's a D or an R next to their name if the politician follows D policies. And if any Republican wants to vote for amnesty then they're looking to destroy the country... I see nothing wasteful about opposing that. And what good is voting in Republicans if they aren't even going to oppose the hated Obamacare.

Too many Republicans these days are RINOs at best and Democrats at worst - vote them out, remind them who they serve.
24 weeks ago
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Like you Ukiah, millions are now witnessing that which you describe ... and anyone trying to defend the current DC establishment are bound for the sidelines to watch it crumble under the steamroller of the return to a fidelity to the constitution.
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"Republi-crats"
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Begin Rant:
Will you stop using that stupid word "Purity"
People are not looking for Purity they are looking for Loyalty.
That is someone who is not going to Stab Them In the Back!
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There is a MAJOR difference between exhausting all avenues and finally making a compromise after all else is said and done and Negotiating with yourself before the opposition is ever engaged and taking 100 billion in cuts down to 60 billion (Pro Rated you know - No one ever mentioned Pro Rated in September or October of 2010) then finally making it a Dollar Ninety Eight.
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Compromise to gain ground you are being Loyal
Compromise to show something (anything) done, and you are not.
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