The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a super PAC funded by several Texas conservatives, is making its presence felt in primaries across the country with attacks on incumbents.
On Tuesday in Illinois, the super PAC is working against Reps. Donald Manzullo, a Republican, and Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat, Politico
The Campaign, based in Houston, says its mission is simple – to oust incumbents. “We step in as equalizers so that there can actually be a competitive election, so that — God forbid — members of Congress have to face the voters in a competitive environment,” Curtis Ellis, a spokesman for the super PAC, told Politico.
So far, the super PAC has spent more than $1 million for ads around the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s small compared to some other super PACs, but the impact has been large.
Manzullo, who is engaged in a tight primary contest with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, isn’t so happy about that. “Why would we have a system that allows people from outside the state with absolutely no connections to literally buy an election?” he told Politico
The super PAC’s financial backers include founder Leo Linbeck, a construction titan based in Houston who has donated $775,000; TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, who contributed $500,000; and Tim Dunn, CEO of a Texas oil and gas firm. The Campaign garnered $1.8 million as of Jan. 31, according to its most recent campaign finance report.
The super PAC succeeded in its goal to defeat Ohio GOP Rep. Jean Schmidt in her primary earlier this month against obscure tea party candidate Brad Wenstrup. The super PAC shelled out $132,000 for ads against Schmidt, calling her “corrupt.”
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