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Super PAC Targeting Incumbents

March 1, 2012
A Super PAC has already put $1.8 million into its effort to go after incumbents from both parties facing primary challenges, our colleague Shane Goldmacher reports. The group, the Campaign for Primary Accountability, will be involved in about a dozen primaries this year.

Goldmacher has more:

Most of the money has come from a handful of conservative-leaning, limited-government donors, fueling intrigue about hidden motives. But so far the group, which calls itself the Campaign for Primary Accountability, has zigged and zagged ideologically, backing liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich in a primary contest against fellow Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur--including a $100,000 cable TV buy last Friday--while spending money to defeat Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

Whoever wins those primaries, neither seat is expected to change party hands. And that's the point. "At the end of the day, we're not going to elect one more Democrat or one more Republican in Congress," said group spokesman Curtis Ellis.

The mission, Ellis said, is singular and nonpartisan: booting tainted, unpopular, and otherwise ensconced incumbents in primary contests.

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