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{{Short organization profile
name                = Congressional Leadership Fund |
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|name                = Congressional Leadership Fund
type                = [[Super PAC]] |
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|president            = Brian Walsh
leadership          = Norm Coleman, Chairman, and Brian Walsh, President|
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|chairman            = Norm Coleman
political party      = Republican |
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|year                = 2011
website              = [http://www.congressionalleadershipfund.org Official website]|
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|political party      = Republican
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|website              = [http://www.congressionalleadershipfund.org Official website]
}}{{tnr}}{{Super PACs}}The '''Congressional Leadership Fund''' is a [[Super PAC]]. It was started in October 2011 to "support candidates who promote the values of the center right majority."<ref name="ab"/> The organization is "focused solely and exclusively on maintaining the Republican majority in the House of Representatives."<ref name="ab">[http://www.congressionalleadershipfund.org/about/ ''Congressional Leadership Fund website'' "About," Accessed July 7, 2012]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}{{Super PACs}}The '''Congressional Leadership Fund''' is conservative a [[Super PAC]]. It was started in October 2011 to "support candidates who promote the values of the center right majority."<ref name="ab"/> The organization is "focused solely and exclusively on maintaining the Republican majority in the House of Representatives."<ref name="ab">[http://www.congressionalleadershipfund.org/about/ ''Congressional Leadership Fund website'' "About," Accessed July 7, 2012]</ref>
  
 
The organization is seen as not ascribing to the Tea Party vision,<ref name="mpr"/> and CLF Board Member Vin Weber stated: "It's important to also maintain some breadth to the Republican message because there are places in the country where a very conservative Republican simply can't compete and a truly national party has to be able to be at least somewhat competitive everywhere."<ref name="mpr"/>
 
The organization is seen as not ascribing to the Tea Party vision,<ref name="mpr"/> and CLF Board Member Vin Weber stated: "It's important to also maintain some breadth to the Republican message because there are places in the country where a very conservative Republican simply can't compete and a truly national party has to be able to be at least somewhat competitive everywhere."<ref name="mpr"/>
 
==Leadership==
 
{| class=wikitable
 
|+Congressional Leadership Fund Board<ref name="ab"/>
 
!Name!!Position
 
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|Former Sen. Norm Coleman||Chairman
 
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|Fred Malek||Member
 
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|Former U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds||Member
 
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|Former U.S. Rep. Vin Weber||Member
 
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|Brian Walsh||President
 
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|Pete Meachum||Treasurer/Secretary
 
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|}
 
  
 
==2012 elections==
 
==2012 elections==
According to the ''Sunlight Foundation'', the Congressional Leadership Fund PAC spent $9,450,237 on the [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2012|2012 elections]]. Of those funds, 54 percent achieved the desired result, based on ''Sunlight Foundation'' analysis.<ref>[http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2012/return_on_investment/ ''Sunlight Foundation'' "Outside spenders' return on investment," November 14, 2012]</ref>
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According to the ''Sunlight Foundation'', Congressional Leadership Fund spent $9,450,237 on the 2012 elections. Of those funds, 58.05 percent achieved the desired result, based on ''Sunlight Foundation'' analysis.<ref>[http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2012/return_on_investment/ ''Sunlight Foundation'' "Outside spenders' return on investment," November 14, 2012]</ref>
  
===Pre-election===
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===Campaign ads===
As of March 31, 2012, the Congressional Leadership Fund had raised $5,223,753 and spent $115,347.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00504530&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "2012 PAC Summary Data," July 7, 2012]</ref>
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===Donors===
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{{youtube|title=RBF3zrR6Fh8|size=250|caption="Out of Touch"}}
====Organizations====
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As of June 21, 2012, the top 5 donors to the Congressional Leadership Fund were<ref name="os2">[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/contrib.php?cmte=C00504530&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Top Organizations Donating to the Congressional Leadership Fund, 2012," Accessed July 7, 2012]</ref>:
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{{youtube|title=v3jYL8dB2d0|size=250|caption="Busy Betty"}}
 
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{{youtube|title=5ID6e4VWGYA|size=250|caption="Folks"}}
! colspan="4" align="center" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" | Top 5 Donors to the Congressional Leadership Fund, 2012<ref name="os2"/>
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Occupation/Employer
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Total
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | From Individuals
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | From Organizations
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|Adelson Drug Clinic||$2,500,000||$2,500,000||$0
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|Las Vegas Sands||$2,500,000||$2,500,000||$0
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|American Action Network||$28,501||$0||$28,501
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|Hilmar Cheese||$25,000||$0||$25,000
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|Ods Technologies Lp||$21,250||$0||$21,250
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====Industries====
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As of June 21, 2012, the top 5 industries contributing to the Congressional Leadership Fund were<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/indus.php?cmte=C00504530&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Contributions to Congressional Leadership Fund Industry Breakdown, 2012," Accessed July 7, 2012]</ref>:
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{{youtube|title=xY6eKS__B1Q|size=250|caption="Where"}}
 
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{{youtube|title=PZn6Z_uFQMM|size=250|caption="Closer Look"}}
! colspan="4" align="center" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" | Top 5 Donors to Congressional Leadership Fund, 2012<ref name="os3"/>
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{{youtube|title=DKhjhJWKmX4|size=250|caption="Too Much"}}
! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Industry
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Total
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | From Individuals
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | From Organizations
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{{youtube|title=DUmDFDpIQDo|size=250|caption="Look"}}
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|Health Professionals||$2,505,000||$2,500,000||$5,000
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{{youtube|title=muGHZLz6Cpw|size=250|caption="Continued"}}
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|Casinos/Gambling||$2,500,000||$2,500,000||$0
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{{youtube|title=qz4MwHwYK_M|size=250|caption="Sutton Works for Pelosi"}}
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|Leadership PACs||$40,000||$0||$40,000
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|Republican/Conservative||$38,501||$0||$38,501
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|Dairy||$25,000||$0||$25,000
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Some have raised concerns that many super PACs are not truly independent from candidates or parties.<ref>[http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/events/2012/3/01%20super%20pacs/20120301_super_pacs.pdf ''Brookings Institution'' "Campaign Finance in the 2012 Elections: The rise of the Super PACs," March 1, 2012]</ref> The Congressional Leadership Fund has come under this criticism, as some see the organization as too closely linked to the Republican party and its candidates.<ref name="mpr">[http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/15/coleman-super-pac/ ''Minnesota Public Radio'' "Norm Coleman's super PAC could influence Congressional races," January 16, 2012]</ref><ref name="ws">[http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/they-pack-wallop_647783.html ''Weekly Standard'' "They Pack a Wallop," July 2, 2012]</ref> CLF President Brian Walsh is former political director of the National Republican Congressional Committee,<ref name="ab"/> and the CLF launch event featured half a dozen Republican congressmen and party leaders.<ref name="mpr"/><ref name="ab"/> A political lawyer commented of Super PACs like CLF: "Yeah, they are starting to look a lot like a party vehicle."<ref name="mpr"/> CLF Chairman Norm Coleman, however, said the Super PAC can effectively assist candidates without needing to coordinate directly with their campaigns.<ref name="mpr"/>
 
Some have raised concerns that many super PACs are not truly independent from candidates or parties.<ref>[http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/events/2012/3/01%20super%20pacs/20120301_super_pacs.pdf ''Brookings Institution'' "Campaign Finance in the 2012 Elections: The rise of the Super PACs," March 1, 2012]</ref> The Congressional Leadership Fund has come under this criticism, as some see the organization as too closely linked to the Republican party and its candidates.<ref name="mpr">[http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/15/coleman-super-pac/ ''Minnesota Public Radio'' "Norm Coleman's super PAC could influence Congressional races," January 16, 2012]</ref><ref name="ws">[http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/they-pack-wallop_647783.html ''Weekly Standard'' "They Pack a Wallop," July 2, 2012]</ref> CLF President Brian Walsh is former political director of the National Republican Congressional Committee,<ref name="ab"/> and the CLF launch event featured half a dozen Republican congressmen and party leaders.<ref name="mpr"/><ref name="ab"/> A political lawyer commented of Super PACs like CLF: "Yeah, they are starting to look a lot like a party vehicle."<ref name="mpr"/> CLF Chairman Norm Coleman, however, said the Super PAC can effectively assist candidates without needing to coordinate directly with their campaigns.<ref name="mpr"/>
  
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "'''Congressional + Leadership + Fund'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.''
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<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Congressional+Leadership+Fund&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title= Congressional Leadership Fund News Feed</rss>
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.congressionalleadershipfund.org Congressional Leadership Fund website]
 
*[http://www.congressionalleadershipfund.org Congressional Leadership Fund website]

Revision as of 20:28, 21 July 2013

Congressional Leadership Fund
President:Brian Walsh
Chairman:Norm Coleman
Party:Republican
Year created:2011
Website:Official website

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The Congressional Leadership Fund is conservative a Super PAC. It was started in October 2011 to "support candidates who promote the values of the center right majority."[1] The organization is "focused solely and exclusively on maintaining the Republican majority in the House of Representatives."[1]

The organization is seen as not ascribing to the Tea Party vision,[2] and CLF Board Member Vin Weber stated: "It's important to also maintain some breadth to the Republican message because there are places in the country where a very conservative Republican simply can't compete and a truly national party has to be able to be at least somewhat competitive everywhere."[2]

2012 elections

According to the Sunlight Foundation, Congressional Leadership Fund spent $9,450,237 on the 2012 elections. Of those funds, 58.05 percent achieved the desired result, based on Sunlight Foundation analysis.[3]

Campaign ads


"Out of Touch"

"Busy Betty"

"Folks"

"Where"

"Closer Look"

"Too Much"

"Look"

"Continued"

"Sutton Works for Pelosi"

Connections

Some have raised concerns that many super PACs are not truly independent from candidates or parties.[4] The Congressional Leadership Fund has come under this criticism, as some see the organization as too closely linked to the Republican party and its candidates.[2][5] CLF President Brian Walsh is former political director of the National Republican Congressional Committee,[1] and the CLF launch event featured half a dozen Republican congressmen and party leaders.[2][1] A political lawyer commented of Super PACs like CLF: "Yeah, they are starting to look a lot like a party vehicle."[2] CLF Chairman Norm Coleman, however, said the Super PAC can effectively assist candidates without needing to coordinate directly with their campaigns.[2]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Congressional + Leadership + Fund"

All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.

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External links

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