The group maxed out for both the primary and general campaigns of Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Jim BridenstineJim BridenstineA guide to the committees: House Jim Bridenstine for NASA administrator Congress asserts itself MORE (R-Okla.) and Steve StockmanSteve StockmanWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog Cruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts MORE (R-Texas).
And Reps. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertA guide to the committees: House A guide to the committees: Senate Lawmakers introduce the Blockchain Caucus MORE (R-Ariz.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Mich Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Matt SalmonMatt SalmonWestern Republicans seek new federal appeals court Arts groups gear up for fight over NEA What gun groups want from Trump 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 YohoA guide to the committees: House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Obama's Russia report unlikely to silence doubters MORE (R-Fla.) received only $2,500 for his primary campaign. Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashCongress must reform civil asset forfeiture laws A guide to the committees: House GOP rep pushes back on Trump's tweet about town hall protests 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 PaulCruz, Lee, Paul demand 'full repeal' of ObamaCare Top House conservatives won't back draft ObamaCare replacement Freedom Caucus chair says he'd vote against draft ObamaCare replacement 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.