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==2014 elections==
==2014 elections==
Congressional Leadership Fund has yet to spend any money in support or opposition of candidates in the 2014 elections.<ref>[ ''Open Secrets,'' "Congressional Leadership Fund, 2014," Accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
Congressional Leadership Fund has yet to spend any money in support or opposition of candidates in the 2014 elections.<ref>[ ''Open Secrets'', "Congressional Leadership Fund, 2014," Accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
==2012 elections==
==2012 elections==

Revision as of 11:02, 7 April 2014

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

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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]

2014 elections

Congressional Leadership Fund has yet to spend any money in support or opposition of candidates in the 2014 elections.[3]

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.[4] Open Secrets also analyzed the success of 2012 general election cycle spending:[5]

The success rate of Congressional Leadership Fund's 2012 spending.

Endorsed candidates

Congressional Leadership Fund spent no money in support of candidates in the 2012 elections:[6]

Targeted candidates

Congressional Leadership opposed the following candidates in 2012:[6]


In the 2012 elections Congressional Leadership Fund spent a grand total of $9,450,223, all of it in opposition of Democratic candidates. [6]

Top 10 largest Congressional Leadership Fund expenditures in 2012[6]
Candidate Party State Office Total For Against Desired Result
Betty Sutton Democratic Party OH House $2,743,676 $0 $2,743,676
Pete Gallego Democratic Party TX House $1,093,933 $0 $1,093,933
Kathy Hochul Democratic Party NY House $890,366 $0 $890,366
Brad Schneider Democratic Party IL House $829,421 $0 $829,421
Pat Kreitlow Democratic Party WI House $675,072 $0 $675,072
Shelley Adler Democratic Party NJ House $627,114 $0 $627,114
Kyrsten Sinema Democratic Party AZ House $572,747 $0 $572,747
Mike McIntyre Democratic Party NC House $520,030 $0 $520,030
Lois Capps Democratic Party CA House $512,378 $0 $512,378
Leonard Boswell Democratic Party IA House $438,336 $0 $438,336

Campaign ads

"Out of Touch"

"Busy Betty"



"Closer Look"

"Too Much"



"Sutton Works for Pelosi"



The top 5 donors to Congressional Leadership Fund during the 2012 election cycle were:[7]

Top 5 Donors to Congressional Leadership Fund, 2012[7]
Occupation/Employer Total From Individuals From Organizations
Adelson Drug Clinic $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $0
Chevron Corp $2,500,000 $0 $2,500,000
Las Vegas Sands $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $0
Perry Homes $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0
Schweitzer Engineering Labs $300,000 $300,000 $0


The top 5 industries donating to Congressional Leadership Fund during the 2012 election cycle were[8]:

Top 5 Donors to Congressional Leadership Fund, 2012[8]
Industry Total From Individuals From Organizations
Oil & Gas $2,570,000 $50,000 $2,520,000
Health Professionals $2,552,500 $2,525,000 $27,500
Casinos/Gambling $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $0
Home Builders $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0
Securities & Investment $557,500 $495,000 $62,500


Some have raised concerns that many super PACs are not truly independent from candidates or parties.[9] 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][10] 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

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