Sen. DeMint: 'Say no to RINOs in 2011'

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is asking supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund to help him build a war chest ahead of the 2012 elections, when Republicans are hopeful they can take back the majority in the Senate.  

In an e-mail sent Tuesday with the subject line "Say No to RINOs in 2011," DeMint pledged that the Senate Conservatives Fund will play a key role in the upcoming legislative battles in the Senate with an eye towards 2012. RINO stands for politicians who are seen by some as "Republican in name only" and lack certain conservative credentials.

In the fundraising appeal, DeMint also reminded supporters that five of his political action committee's endorsed candidates won this past November. He highlighted victories by Sens.-elect Pat Toomey (Pa.), Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate rivals gear up for debates Rubio: End of Obama's term could be 'most damaging yet' Fifteen years since pivotal executive order, STORM Act could help fight terror finance MORE (Fla.), Rand PaulRand PaulSaudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Senators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales Five tips from Trump's fallen rivals on how to debate him MORE (Ky.), Mike LeeMike LeeTrump accepts Cruz endorsement after saying he wouldn't In reversal, Cruz endorses Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Utah) and Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonSenate rivals gear up for debates The Trail 2016: Trump seizes on Charlotte violence The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Wis.). 

"I believe we can build on these victories over the two years and elect several more conservative standouts to the Senate in 2012," DeMint wrote. 

Republican Senate hopefuls are already courting DeMint, whose PAC funneled millions to GOP candidates during the 2010 cycle and offered critical endorsements in a number of Republican primaries.