Senate Leadership Fund and One Nation “will report raising $7.1 million in the third quarter.” Steven Law, who leads the groups, “said they have $6.1 million in pledges for the fourth quarter, calling it the ‘best off-year fundraising’ SLF has had in its history. Law declined to release its cash on hand number.” (Politico)
WEIGHING IN. Law on Monday dismissed the impact of Steve Bannon’s influence on the 2018 elections, saying he is “not terribly concerned” at this point. Still, Law said on NPR’s “Morning Edition” that Bannon is forcing SLF to divert resources away from general elections, at a time when Senate Republicans are looking to expand their majority. That concern, he added, is “very significant.”
As for Bannon’s recruitment efforts, Law casts some candidates that Bannon supports as unviable, citing 2016 NV-03 nominee Danny Tarkanian’s (R) multiple election losses as one example. Tarkanian is challenging Sen. Dean Heller (R).
In other races, Law pointed out that Bannon is supporting some candidates with ties to SLF, including state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) in Ohio, whom the group backed in 2012, and state Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) in Missouri, whom Law said SLF helped recruit. (YouTube)
WARNING. On Saturday at the Values Voter Summit, Bannon “implored conservative voters to join his vowed ‘war against the [Republican] establishment’ and Senate leadership, threatening that massive campaign war chests will not protect GOP incumbents from angry conservative voters.”
“It’s not my war; this is our war,” Bannon said.
Bannon also called on Heller, along with Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), “to condemn” Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) critical comments of Trump “or face possible primary challenges.” (Los Angeles Times)