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Freshman Senators Start Tea Party-Leaning Leadership PACs

Monday, August 8th, 2011 by Vbhotla

Last week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) filed paperwork to create Reclaim America PAC, but the PAC does not yet have a website, and representatives have declined to comment to the press.  The PAC will benefit like-minded candidates as the 2012 election season gets underway, and is projected to position Rubio for the national stage.  Rubio is the second freshman Tea Party senator to establish a leadership PAC this year.  Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) founded the Constitutional Conservatives Fund,  “dedicated to the cause of finding, funding, and supporting conservative candidates who are committed to the cause of restoring constitutionally limited government,” according to its website.

Sens electronic cigarette sales. Lee and Rubio join Sens. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) in creating PACs to help further the Tea Party agenda.

According to the FEC definition, a Leadership PAC is “a political committee that is directly or indirectly established, financed, maintained or controlled by a candidate or an individual holding federal office, but is not an authorized committee of the candidate or officeholder and is not affiliated with an authorized committee of a candidate or officeholder (so is not campaigning on behalf of that person’s election).”  Individuals, including lobbyists, can still contribute up to $5,000 per year to federal PACs.