|Year created:||May 2014|
Throughout the 2014 election cycle, the Mayday PAC spent $7,888,825 on eight races around the country. They invested in five pilot races during the 2014 U.S. House elections along with three U.S. Senate elections. Of all eight races, only two of the candidates endorsed by the Mayday PAC -- Walter Jones (R) in North Carolina and Ruben Gallego (D) in Arizona -- won their elections.
According to reports from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Mayday PAC raised over $10 million leading up to the general election. The Super PAC had raised about half of this money prior to July 2014, from roughly 52,000 donors. The group anticipated raising and spending $12 million in the 2014 election cycle, but fell short of their goal.
- Arizona's 7th Congressional District - supporting Ruben Gallego (D)
- Iowa's 3rd Congressional District - supporting Staci Appel (D) and opposing David Young (R)
- Michigan's 6th Congressional District - supporting Paul Clements (D) and opposing Fred Upton (R)
- New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District - supporting Carol Shea-Porter (D)
- North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District - supporting Rep. Walter Jones (R)
- U.S. Senate from Kansas - opposing Pat Roberts (R)
- U.S. Senate from New Hampshire - supporting Jim Rubens (R) in the primary against Scott Brown (R)
- U.S. Senate from South Dakota - supporting Rick Weiland (D) and opposing Mike Rounds (R)
The Mayday PAC initially spent money on just the following two elections:
- New Hampshire: The Mayday PAC supported Jim Rubens (R) against Scott Brown (R) in the Republican primary for the 2014 U.S. Senate race. Brown won the primary, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in the general election.
- Iowa: The Mayday PAC supported Democratic candidate Staci Appel against Republican David Young in the race for the 3rd Congressional seat in Iowa. Republican incumbent Tom Latham did not run for re-election, leaving an open seat. Young defeated Appel in the general election.
Campaign finance complaint
In November 2014, the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), accusing the Mayday PAC of violating campaign finance law. The complaint stated that various ads put forth by the Super PAC did not contain the required disclaimers. The CCP stated, "no matter how silly or pointless these hyper-technical disclaimer requirements may seem, the law is the law." The group's president, David Keating, added, "The hypocrisy is stunning. The Mayday PAC board and advisors constitute a who’s who of advocates for more speech regulations, yet either they didn’t understand the already complex law or they simply ignored it. If it’s the latter, what Mayday PAC seems to be saying to the public is that if you are big enough, and have the ‘right’ advisors, and care enough about campaign finance regulation, the law doesn’t apply to you. The FEC should make crystal clear that the law does apply to groups such as Mayday PAC."
- New York Times, "Money Is Raised; Now Lessig’s Super PAC Must Win," accessed July 7, 2014
- The New Yorker, "Embrace the Irony," accessed November 25, 2014
- OpenSecrets, "Mayday PAC, Outside Spending: Independent Expenditures, Electioneering Communication & Communication Costs by Targeted Candidate," accessed November 25, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Mayday PAC Summary Report," accessed November 25, 2014
- Mayday PAC, "Lessig's Letter to Everyone," accessed July 4, 2014
- NH Journal, "Granite Reports: Campaign finance reform PAC accused of violating campaign finance law," accessed November 25, 2014