News surfaced late last month that a new independent political committee had been registered with the Georgia Ethics Commission — the Promoting Republican Ideals and Conservative Ethics PAC, the initials thereof spelling out the last name of Georgia’s sixth District Congressman Tom Price. New details have emerged about the PAC’s purpose, at least as far as the 2016 election cycle goes.
This election cycle, the PAC will spend $100,000 in support of 11 Republican incumbents and two candidates for seats presently held by Democrats, all from the metro Atlanta area. Two mailings are planned for each candidate. The first round will emphasize the conservative credentials of the candidates, and will be directed at solid Republicans who may be disappointed with Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket. According to a spokesman for the PAC, the mailing will target Marco Rubio voters, urging them to turn out for down ballot Republican candidates. A second round of mailings will target independents and those who lean Republican, and will try to ensure that those voters have a favorable view of the candidates. A wave of robocalls is planned as well.
The Senate races being targeted are those of Hunter Hill, Fran Millar, and JaNice Van Ness. The targeted House races are those of incumbents Beth Beskin, Buzz Brockway, Joyce Chandler, Valerie Clark, Rich Golick, Dale Rutledge, Brian Strickland, and Sam Teasley. In addition, the committee will support Meagan Hanson, who is challenging the Brookhaven seat of Taylor Bennett, and Lane Flynn, who hopes to unseat Scott Holcomb of Doraville. The committee sent along the first round mailers for Hansen and Hill.
The $100,000 in SuperPAC spending comes on the heels of Price’s almost $73,000 in contributions earlier this year to state Republicans with primary challenges. Although the PAC’s latest disclosure report shows no contributions through the end of September, the spokesman told us that the PAC is completely funded by Price’s campaign committee.
Congressman Price has been a strong supporter of Donald Trump for president. Given that one of the committee’s goals is to turn out voters who may be discouraged by having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, we asked his spokesman about the possible discrepancy. The spokesman pointed out that Price has contributed $1.2 million to the NRCC, and is interested in supporting all state and federal Republican candidates.
Asked whether the campaign committee and its donations might be related to a possible run for Governor in 2018, the spokesman wouldn’t bite. Congressman Price, we were told, is focused on this November, not some future election.