McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money

McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal MORE (R-Ky.) wants his money back from Roy Moore, the controversial Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama.

McConnell’s leadership PAC, Bluegrass Committee, has requested that Moore return the $5,000 check it gave him after he beat Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeRoby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism Once a Trump critic, Ala. rep faces runoff with his support Crowley surprise tops huge night for left MORE (R-Ala.) in the September GOP primary, according to a disclosure filed with the Federal Election Commission.

McConnell is standing firm against Moore, even though Republicans in Washington haven’t yet had any luck recruiting a promising candidate to wage a write-in campaign against Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

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The state Republican Party has also made clear that it will not disqualify Moore as its nominee.

McConnell’s move will put pressure on other Republican lawmakers and donors to ask for refunds from Moore at a critical time.

Other congressional donors include Reps. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieSenate braces for Trump showdown over Chinese telecom giant Overnight Defense: Trump, Kim poised for historic summit | Trump blasts 'haters and losers' hours before meeting | Defense bill to include ZTE penalties | Lawmakers sound alarm over 'catastrophic' Yemen offensive Lawmakers circulate 'urgent call' for Mattis to prevent 'catastrophic' Yemen offensive MORE (R-Ky.) and Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisFreedom Caucus members see openings in leadership GOP lawmaker: ‘I disregard and discount anything that involves the mainstream media' Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus MORE (R-Md.), according to FEC filings. 

Money, or the lack of it, is a problem for Moore, who has been dramatically outspent by his Democratic opponent.

Jones has spent about $805,000 on the campaign since The Washington Post broke a bombshell story about allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

Moore has spent only $64,000 during that same period, according to a source familiar with media buys in the state.

Jones had been advertising on television for a full month before the race was upended by allegations first reported by the Post that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with an underage girl decades ago. 

Since then a number of women have accused the candidate of sexual misconduct.