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SCF invests nearly $1M in McConnell primary challenger


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194356-scf-invests-nearly-1m-in-mcconnell-primary-challengerThe Hill:

The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) spent nearly half of its independent expenditures last year to boost Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) primary challenger.


Businessman Matt Bevin received nearly half of the $910,000 its members the conservative group contributed to its five endorsed candidates last year, according to an email sent to supporters.


The nearly $536,000 in donations SCF contributed to Bevin is more than the sum they raised for then-candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during his entire 2012 primary, according to SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins. And the total amount SCF invested in Bevin, about $986,000, is almost half the $2 million it invested overall in all of its five endorsed candidates last year.


SCF members can choose which candidates receive their donations, and Bevin received more than three times as many donations as the next closest candidate, Louisiana GOP hopeful Rob Maness. A retired Air Force office, Maness is running to the right of GOP establishment candidate Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D). Maness received about $132,000 in donations.


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