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Published — April 30, 2009 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Will GOP miss Specter’s generous ways?

Introduction

By now, it’s old news that Senator Arlen Specter switched parties to join the Democratic majority in the Senate. Earlier this week PaperTrail took a look at the money that Specter might be giving back in the coming months, if Republicans take him up on his offer to return campaign donations “upon request” The move raises another interesting question though: Specter’s PAC has been quite generous to his former Republican caucus-mates. Will his GOP colleagues, in addition to blasting his move across the aisle, also return his PAC’s money? After all, quite a few of them have taken it.

Though Specter may not have been ideologically in tune with the GOP at all times, he was certainly a frequent supporter through his Big Tent PAC. A study of filing records from the subscription-only CQ MoneyLine reveals that Specter’s PAC gave out $367,800 to political candidates since his re-election in 2004. $37,800 of that was given to national and local Republican Party organizations. That number includes a $15,000 donation to the National Republican Senate Committee, the single largest amount of money paid out by Specter’s PAC during this period.

Some other notable recipients:

• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said that Specter’s defection created a “threat to the country,” received $5,000.

• Republican Conference Chair Lamar Alexander was given a contribution of $10,000.

• Norm Coleman, who is fighting to prevent Democrats from seating Al Franken and claiming a 60th Senate seat, received $5,000.

• Former Presidential nominee John McCain received $7,500.

And while RNC Chair Michael Steele, who earlier this year expressed a willingness to consider withholding party funds from Specter’s re-election campaign even as a Republican, is running around calling Specter “downright rude,” he hasn’t always felt that way: Steele accepted $5,000 from Specter’s PAC during his 2006 run for a senate seat in Maryland.

In addition, 24 candidates from Pennsylvania received money from Specter, reaching a total of $116,500. While some in the Republican party of Pennsylvania may say they are happy to see Specter gone, come election season they might find they miss his donations.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

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The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

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THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT