I've been blogging a bit, of late, about the GOP push to unseat Congressman David Cicilline next year. One of the perpetual challenges for Rhode Island Republicans is attracting national money - and getting it early enough to make a difference. GOP activists say the party will have to fare better this time than it did in 2010 if the Republican nominee - be it former state Representative John J. Loughlin II or former superintendent of state police Brendan Doherty - is to win.
This got me thinking about who, exactly, donated out-of-state money to Loughlin when he ran for this seat last year as the GOP nominee.
I focused, in particular, on Loughlin's filing for the period covering October 14 to November 22, 2010. It's tough to say much about the motivations of individual donors. But I can tell you that much of the out-of-state cash - which accounted for just over $19,000 out of the roughly $90,000 Loughlin collected from individuals in this period - came from Massachusetts, Florida, New York, and California. A touch of Texas in there, too.
Loughlin got $5,000 from the Republican National Committee in this period (the RNC donated $12,000 over the course of the cycle); local GOP activists are hoping for more this time, given Cicilline's troubles.
The candidate reported just over $64,000 in donations from political action committees in this period. Among the donors: SarahPAC, Sarah Palin's political action committee; soon-to-be-Majority Leader Eric Cantor's ERIC (Every Republican is Crucial) PAC, Altria Group PAC, the political action committee run by the world's largest tobacco company; a National Rifle Association PAC; and the American Dental Political Action Committee.
Perhaps the dentists can put the GOP over the top this time. Drill, baby, drill.