It seems every few days a new conservative/tea party group pops up that I never heard of before and they all want me to send them money to save the republic and reelect a good Republican or elect a conservative challenger to a sitting Republican who is deemed insufficiently conservative. A few months ago I got a passionate appeal to give to Patriots for Economic Freedom to help reelect Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. I almost did. I really like Tim Scott. Just before I hit the "contribute" button however, I thought I would do a little research and I found that Tim Scott has only token opposition in the Republican primary and he will have a very weak challenger in the general election. Tim Scott does not really need my money. (link)
As of the last report March 31,2014, Patriots for Economic Freedom had raised $224,747 and spent $215,015 this year. $119,501 of what they spend was for "unclassifiable consulting," $18,849 for Accountants, compliance and legal service, and a little over $25,000 on fundraising. Amagi Strategies was paid $109,856. Only $3,125 was spend for or against candidates.
Last week I reported that Joe Carr who is challenging Lamar Alexander for the Republican Senate nomination had received the endorsement of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund and how that may or may not result in money flowing into his campaign. Tea Party Patriots is another one of those groups that spend an awful lot of money on over head and salaries for staff and very little on behalf of candidates. (link)
Today I got a solicitation from Conservative America Now asking me to send them a donation to help reelect Senator Mike Lee. Mike Lee is another Senator who I like and admire and want to see reelected. I will not be sending money to Conservative America Now, however. Conservative America Now as of the last filing period of March 31, 2014 had receipts of only $16,541 and expenditures of $12,140. They have not yet spend anything on or against candidates. Amagi Strategies was paid $7100.
I don't know if Mike Lee has a serious primary challenger or not, or if he is likely to have a serious Democrat challenger. If he does, I may send Mike Lee a modest contribution but I will send it directly to his campaign are a trusted PAC and not to Conservative America Now.
There may be as many hustlers and opportunist on the left as the right, but I don't know the left. It angers me to see passionate political activist give their hard earned money to support the cause when they are being taken advantage of and the money they give goes to support some one's little political empire and maybe none of it goes to support the candidate they think they are supporting. Please find out who you are giving to before you give. There are a lot of PAC's and organizations that are effective and influential and have integrity and most of what is given actually is spend on behalf of the candidate for which they claim to be raising money. Please do a little research before giving. One good source for finding out how good an organization is, is Open Secrets.
Below is the solicitation I got today urging me to contribute to Conservative America Now to support Mike Lee. I have disabled the links so no one will accidentally contribute to that organization.
Mike Lee is dedicated to fighting the radical liberal agenda in Washington. He will stop the out of control spending and put an end to the left's trampling of the constitution. He will continue to bring conservative leadership to the Senate and stand up for limited government policies. Mike Lee has proven that he will hold Washington accountable! This race can help end the radical liberal agenda in Washington! Help keep conservative hero Mike Lee in the Senate!