Congressional Leadership Fund

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Congressional Leadership Fund
Party:Republican
Website:Official website

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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."[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]

Leadership

Congressional Leadership Fund Board[1]
Name Position
Former Sen. Norm Coleman Chairman
Fred Malek Member
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds Member
Former U.S. Rep. Vin Weber Member
Brian Walsh President
Pete Meachum Treasurer/Secretary

2012 elections

According to the Sunlight Foundation, the Congressional Leadership Fund PAC spent $9,450,237 on the 2012 elections. Of those funds, 54 percent achieved the desired result, based on Sunlight Foundation analysis.[3]

Pre-election

As of March 31, 2012, the Congressional Leadership Fund had raised $5,223,753 and spent $115,347.[4]

Donors

Organizations

As of June 21, 2012, the top 5 donors to the Congressional Leadership Fund were[5]:

Top 5 Donors to the Congressional Leadership Fund, 2012[5]
Occupation/Employer Total From Individuals From Organizations
Adelson Drug Clinic $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $0
Las Vegas Sands $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $0
American Action Network $28,501 $0 $28,501
Hilmar Cheese $25,000 $0 $25,000
Ods Technologies Lp $21,250 $0 $21,250

Industries

As of June 21, 2012, the top 5 industries contributing to the Congressional Leadership Fund were[6]:

Top 5 Donors to Congressional Leadership Fund, 2012[7]
Industry Total From Individuals From Organizations
Health Professionals $2,505,000 $2,500,000 $5,000
Casinos/Gambling $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $0
Leadership PACs $40,000 $0 $40,000
Republican/Conservative $38,501 $0 $38,501
Dairy $25,000 $0 $25,000

Connections

Some have raised concerns that many super PACs are not truly independent from candidates or parties.[8] 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][9] 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]

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