Business PAC endorses Republicans facing primary challengers

BIPAC, a national business group, is backing a number of Republicans facing Tea Party primary challengers in its first endorsements of the 2014 election cycle.

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The group, which claims to be the oldest business political action committee (PAC) in the country, is supporting Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), North Carolina GOP Senate primary front-runner Thom Tillis (R) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), all of whom who face at least nominal primary opposition.

It's also supporting San Diego-area House candidate Carl DeMaio (R), a libertarian-leaning, openly gay candidate who is vying with a socially conservative candidate for the GOP nomination, and House candidate Kevin Raye (R) in Maine, who has a Tea Party opponent. Its final endorsement went to David Jolly (R), running in a Florida special election next month. 

The PAC didn't say what it will do to help the candidates, and traditional PACs face tight constraints about how much they can donate, but their endorsements indicate where GOP business money may pour in over the coming months.

"With the support of the business community, BIPAC is committed to building a pro-prosperity business coalition in Congress," said BIPAC President and CEO Gregory Casey. "It is time for pragmatic legislators that will encourage a stable and productive environment. We feel strongly that the candidates we have endorsed for 2014 will be leaders of these pro-prosperity policies."