Crapo PAC Donates Max to Coleman Recount Effort

Sen. Mike CrapoMike CrapoLawmakers play catch-up as smartphone banking surges Senate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit MORE (R-Idaho) has donated $10,000 from his political action committee (PAC) to aide Sen. Norm Coleman's (R) efforts to win the recount of Minnesota's Senate race, Crapo's campaign said Monday.

Crapo's Freedom Fund PAC gave Coleman the maximum amount allowable under federal guidelines as Coleman continues his court challenge to Democrat Al Franken's 225-vote lead certified by a state board last month.

"Sen. Crapo and Sen. Coleman are great friends," said Jake Ball, the political director of Crapo for Senate. "He wants to make sure he does his part to make sure Coleman's side is heard and the election is carried out in a fair and legal way."

Ball said that the donation signifies that Crapo believes Coleman still believes Coleman has a chance to win his ongoing effort to reclaim his Senate seat.

"I think it demonstrates that he believes there are plenty of legal avenues that need to be pursued to the fullest," Ball said.

Sen. Johnny Isakson's PAC has also donated $10,000 to assist Coleman.