Citizens United PAC gives over $100K to 18 incumbents

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The group maxed out for both the primary and general campaigns of Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Steve Stockman (R-Texas).

And Reps. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Mich Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Matt Salmon (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 Yoho (R-Fla.) received only $2,500 for his primary campaign. Rep. Justin Amash 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 Paul (R-Ky.) and Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Tim Griffin (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.