The group maxed out for both the primary and general campaigns of Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Jim BridenstineJim BridenstineLawmakers turned over gifts after secretly funded trip to Azerbaijan Republicans blast Pentagon energy programs Louie Gohmert faces his biggest challenge MORE (R-Okla.) and Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip MORE (R-Texas).
And Reps. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertSenate races heating up Tea Party class reassesses record Lawmakers to DOD: Reject 'no touch' policy sought by 9/11 plotter MORE (R-Ariz.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Mich Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Matt SalmonMatt SalmonLGBT fight dooms spending bill on House floor A hearing brought to tears over Right to Try legislation Time for national Right to Try legislation MORE (R-Ariz.) all received the maximum contribution, $5,000, to just their primary campaigns.
For Reps. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) and John Mica (R-Fla.), the group only contributed $1,000 to their primary campaigns, and Rep. Ted YohoTed YohoClash in GOP over Zika funding Standoff in GOP over Zika funding A 'zero-for-zero' approach on sugar will lead to a freer market MORE (R-Fla.) received only $2,500 for his primary campaign. Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump muddies GOP message on protecting the Constitution Libertarian looks for anti-Trump bump The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE received $5,000 toward his 2010 primary debt.
All are in comfortably red districts, but many faced potential or actual primary challengers in 2012, and the contributions to their primary campaigns could help prevent similar opponents from emerging this cycle.
Citizens United PVF also contributed $5,000 each to the leadership PACs of Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump flexes new digital muscle Republicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Hate TV customer service? So does your senator MORE (R-Ky.) and Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Tim GriffinTim GriffinTea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign Lawmakers seek Purple Heart for victims of Little Rock shooting MORE (R-Ark.), Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Steve King (R-Iowa). Scalise and Griffin were floated as potential Senate candidates but declined to run, while King is a likely contender for Iowa's open Senate seat.
It also gave $11,500 to the primary campaign of Josh Mandel, for his reelection as Ohio state treasurer.
The contributions overall are an early indication of the races in which Citizens United is likely to engage, according to David Bossie, the group's president.
"Citizens United Political Victory Fund gives money to candidates who deserve the support of our membership and we will be heavily involved during the 2014 cycle," he said.