Conservative Anti-Incumbent SUPER PAC Could Be Done for 2012
Incumbents facing tough primary challenges this year can rest easier now that the Campaign for Primary Accountability
, a conservative anti-incumbent super pac, appears likely to stop spending on the 2012 races and shift its focus to 2014, Politico reported
CPA officials said the super pac is no longer raising enough money to have a significant impact on elections involving entrenched incumbents in the House and Senate.
According to Center for Responsive Politics
data, the Conservative super pac has spent a total of $3.1 million on congressional primaries around the country this year and still has over $310,000 in the bank, but after raising less than $71,000 in June, the group seems ready to pack it in and gear up for the 2014 midterms.
For CPA super pac to intervene in a race, it had to feature an incumbent who had been in Congress for a long time with low favorability ratings and a legitimate challenger. In total, CPA super pac bought over $1.8 million worth of independent expenditures in 15 different primaries and succeeded in helping to unseat four incumbents: Rep. Silvestre Reyes
(D-Texas), Rep. Don Manzullo
(R-Ill.), Rep. Jean Schmidt
(R-Ohio) and Rep. Tim Holden
The group was founded and has been bankrolled largely by conservative Texas construction magnate Leo Linbeck III. But CPA maintained a strident nonpartisan ideology throughout the primary season, targeting eight Republicans and seven Democrats.
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