Conservatives pony up for Cantor-slayer after primary

Republican Dave Brat brought in some big money since defeating House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan seeks to avoid Boehner fate on omnibus GOPers fear trillion-dollar vote is inevitable Insiders dominate year of the outsider MORE (R-Va.) in their early June primary — including donations from a few conservative lawmakers.

Brat raised more than $400,000 from May 22 through the end of June, according to his latest campaign finance report. That haul is nearly double what he'd raised during the rest of his campaign.

Donations came from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and conservative Reps. Louie GohmertLouie GohmertGOP rep calls Clinton 'mentally impaired' GOP rep: Trump ‘courageous’ for giving Cruz speech GOP bill would block undocumenteds from military service MORE (R-Texas) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), two regular thorns in the side of House GOP leaders.

A pair of Virginia Republicans donated to Brat as well after the primary. Reps. Morgan GriffithMorgan GriffithSenators express 'grave concerns' about ObamaCare 'bailout' Overnight Healthcare: Official hints at talks with ObamaCare insurers | Companies brace for 'Cadillac tax' Official hints at settlement talks with ObamaCare insurers MORE (R-Va.) and Robert HurtRobert HurtOvernight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge to Va. redistricting plan Supreme Court weighs legality of Virginia redistricting MORE (R-Va.) both cut checks from their leadership PACs to Brat.

Brat is heavily favored to win this fall in the strongly Republican Richmond-area district.