A Super PAC with ties to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday it would pledge $14.2 million to efforts to help Republican Herschel Walker win the runoff Winning in the Georgia Senate against Sen. Raphael Warnock (R-Ga.) increased tensions between different blocks of the GOP.
The Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) announcement, first reported by Fox News, includes a digital, radio and television advertising campaign. It follows the Super PAC that invested $2 million in using Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) invests after claiming a crucial win last week.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the campaign arm of the Senate GOP, has already spent $700,000 on the Georgia Senate runoff, according to NBC News, and is busy with its own publicity.
“SLF is committed to getting Herschel Walker elected to the Senate. This airstrike — along with our previously announced ground game — shows we’re pulling out all the stops to win in Georgia and beat the Democrats,” Senate Leadership Fund President Steven Law said in a statement.
But the news comes amid public infighting between camps allied with NRSC Chairman Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and McConnell.
Scott said in a private meeting Tuesday he will challenge McConnell for the job of GOP leader.
Earlier Tuesday, NRSC spokesman Chris Hartline called on the Senate Leadership Fund not to have allocated resources for the runoff.
“The NRSC coordinates closely with Herschel’s digital fundraising campaign. We’re raising money directly for his campaign and for the building to spend in GA (we’ve been on the air since last week),” Hartline tweeted in response on a tweet by Law about the NRSC fundraiser. “SLF is still not on the air. We look forward to you joining us.”
In the meantime, law an aide to Scott replied on Twitter about the previous lack of editions of the super PAC in Georgia and said: “Your TV purchase was barely 350 [gross rating points] in ATL. But don’t worry, little buddy – we’re used to covering you up.”
Meanwhile, the campaign arm of Senate Democrats on Thursday announced $7 million for an “investment in organizing fields.” While Democrats have secured a majority in the upper house, a victory for Walker in Georgia is crucial to Republican hopes of splitting the Senate 50-50 between the two parties.
“Senate Republicans are getting mean, petty, and viciously personal — everything we could wish for going into the Georgia runoff. For our part, Senate Democrats are united and focused on the re-election of Rev. Warnock,” David Bergstein, spokesman for the Democratic Senate Campaigns Committee, said in a statement.