A new super political action committee (PAC) has been formed to help Virginia Republican George Allen retake the U.S. Senate seat he lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2006.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
reported Tuesday that Paul Bennecke, a former political director of the Republican Governors Association, has filed with the Federal Election Commission to create Independence Virginia PAC.
Bennecke told the Times-Dispatch that he plans to raise at least $2 million to help Allen, who is expected to face off against former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine in the November election. Allen, also a former governor, will have to get passed several GOP challengers first.
“I think Virginia is a critical state in this year’s election,” said Bennecke, who last year helped raise money for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Opportunity Virginia PAC to help elect Republicans to state office.
The presumed match-up between Allen and Kaine is expected to be one of the most competitive races of the 2012 election year. The Times-Dispatch said there was “no word yet” on whether Kaine would also have the advantage of an independent super PAC working on his behalf.
But as a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he will likely have little trouble raising money on his own.
According to the Times-Dispatch, Kaine began the year with $3.3 million in campaign cash on hand, compared to Allen’s $2 million.
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