U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is raising money through three political action committees. One is Jim DeMint for Senate, which covers expenses for his 2010 re-election campaign. The other two funds - called leadership PACs - can be used to support other candidates or committees.
Jim DeMint for Senate PAC: Raised $5.24 million since 2005
Senate Conservatives Fund: Raised $1.45 million since 2007
MINT PAC: Raised $534,984 since 2005
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DeMint is using the Senate Conservatives Fund to support Senate candidates throughout the country, including several underdogs who are running against Re-publican establishment candidates endorsed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee or prominent GOP senators such as John McCain or Lindsey Graham.
So far, DeMint has spoken or met with - or intends to interview - 20 Senate candidates in eight states, making endorsements (marked with (a) below) in California, Florida and Pennsylvania. He intends to look at other races as well.
Incumbent: Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln
State Senate Minority Leader Gilbert Baker
Curtis Coleman, businessman
Nevada state Sen. Kim Hendren
Tom Cox, businessman
Incumbent: Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer
State Rep. Chuck DeVore (a)
Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO
Incumbent: Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett
Former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton
Ken Buck, Weld County district attorney
Incumbent: Republican Sen. George LeMieux (temporary appointee)
Gov. Charlie Crist
Marco Rubio, former Florida House speaker (a)
Incumbent: Republican Sen. Jim Bunning (retiring)
Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson
Rand Paul, eye surgeon, son of Rep. Ron Paul
Incumbent: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Danny Tarkanian, businessman
Former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden
Incumbent: Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter
Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey (a)
Incumbent: Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (running for governor)
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
Michael Williams, Texas railroad commissioner