DeMint Plans Website for Conservative Candidates

Friday, 13 Aug 2010 10:59 AM

By Dan Weil

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South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, fresh off endorsing winners in Republican primaries, is now developing a strategy to aid conservative Senate candidates in the general election.

His Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) political action committee plans a “super bomb” web site, so that donors can go online to give money to the candidate(s) of their choice, Roll Call reports.

The idea is that contributors can give money to candidates in any combination they wish through a single credit card transaction. It’s modeled on the “money bomb” strategy of Internet fundraising.

“Sen. DeMint will be active down the stretch; he’s pivoting very quickly to general election mode,” Matt Hoskins, a spokesman for the Senate Conservatives Fund, told the publication.

Through Aug. 4, SCF donated more than $2 million to Senate primary candidates.

DeMint is up for re-election himself, but probably won’t encounter strong competition from Democrat Alvin Greene. So he’s looking at giving some of his $3.7 million campaign war chest to help SCF favorites.

One possibility is that he’ll transfer his campaign money to state parties in states where SCF-endorsed candidates are running, Roll Call reports.

DeMint also said recently that he may transfer some of his campaign funds to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

But now it appears more likely that he’ll give money to state parties where conservatives are running – perhaps Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Nevada and Pennsylvania for example, Roll Call reports.

That way the money won’t go to moderate candidates in states such as Delaware and Illinois.

Recent poll results indicate DeMint’s efforts may well bear fruit. Rasmussen Reports’ latest poll, completed five days ago, shows that for the second week in a row, only 30 percent of likely voters say the country is heading in the right direction.

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