In the Republican race for president, it’s about how much money you pull in for your campaign. But in the GOP race for Senate whip, it’s about how much the contestants give out to their colleagues who might vote for them. And Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is winning that race, The Hill
He gave more than $100,000 to colleagues’ campaign funds though his leadership political action committee (PAC) last year, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Senate GOP heavyweights see Cornyn as the front-runner to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona as the No. 2 figure in the party’s Senate leadership.
Cornyn’s generous allocations from his Alamo PAC show he’s moving fast to obtain the position, insiders say. Cornyn’s likely rival in the race, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, has donated $60,000 from his leadership fund, the Next Century Fund, to Senate GOP colleagues and $45,000 to Senate Republican candidates, including George Allen in Virginia and Jeff Flake in Arizona. Burr also gave Allen $2,000 from his regular campaign fund.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune, who also may seek the whip position, donated $40,000 to Senate colleagues and $37,500 to Senate GOP candidates from his leadership PAC last year.
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