Inside a super PAC that spends on everything but winning
The two billionaire mega donors poured $1.25 million into a super PAC that was supposed to supercharge Chris McDaniel’s insurgent bid to be Mississippi’s next Republican senator.
A year later, much of the money from Illinois shipping supply CEO Richard Uihlein and New York financier Robert Mercer is gone. Only a fraction was spent reaching voters who could boost the former state lawmaker’s uphill battle against Cindy Hyde-Smith, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s preferred candidate in a November special election that will determine who finishes out retired GOP Sen. Thad Cochran’s term.
“It is part of the growing trend of people using super PACs to get wealthy, rather than to direct the funds they raise toward actual political activity,” said Adav Noti, a former FEC attorney who now works for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center in Washington.
The Campaign Legal Center, the group that campaign finance attorney Noti works for, filed a complaint alleging Remember Mississippi made “illegal, excessive and unreported” contributions to McDaniel by paying for several catered events that were promoted as official campaign activities.