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Anti-Incumbent Group Returns With List of Targets for 2014

Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 08:40 PM

By Greg Richter

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A super PAC that targets House incumbents in safe party districts has said it will be back for the next election after shuttering operations in the last half of 2012, when it ran out of money.

The super PAC, called Campaign for Primary Accountability, says it will target Reps. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; Lamar Smith, R-Texas; Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.; Jo Bonner, R-Ala.; and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., The Hill reports.

A spokesman said the group plans a “much more robust” effort in 2014, and is considering additional targets.

The organization also plans to seek smaller donors to add to the few Texas billionaires who currently fund its efforts.

CPA goes after House members in both parties whom they believe can be vulnerable in a primary if challenged by a viable opponent.

The group looks for incumbents in districts where voters are generally unhappy with their job performance, and the districts themselves are securely Democratic or Republican — often making the representative hard to beat.

“Spencer Bachus has been clinging to his seat tighter than a tick for 22 years,” CPA says on its website, adding that Rangel’s “44-year career has been capped in recent years with a series of allegations of ethical violations and failures to comply with tax codes.”

The Hill notes the super PAC played roles in defeating Reps. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas; Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio; Tim Holden, D-Pa.; and Don Manzullo, R-Ill.

It was less effective against former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., who resigned in November 2012 after he was investigated for allegedly misusing campaign funds; Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio; Bachus; and Bonner.

Federal election law prohibits the group, as a super PAC, from directly recruiting any candidates.

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