Sen. Rand Paul’s political action committee has donated to one GOP Senate candidate so far this year -- and it’s Michigan’s Terri Lynn Land.
Rand PAC, the vehicle used to fund Paul’s political travel and support his favored candidates, doled out $7,500 to Land on March 28, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission that posted Tuesday. That included $2,500 for the primary and $5,000 for the general.
Land is locked in a battle with Democratic Rep. Gary Peters for a seat left open by retiring Sen. Carl Levin. Polls have shown a single-digit race with Peters recently tracking slightly ahead in the Wolverine State, which hasn’t elected a Republican senator since 1994.
Paul visited Detroit in December to tout his tax plan to revitalize economically slumping urban areas, but has not publicly endorsed Land.
The only other candidate Rand PAC sent money to during the first quarter of the year was Rob McCoy, a conservative state assembly candidate in California. Rand PAC sent McCoy $8,200 on March 17.
While The Washington Post first reported last week that Paul’s PAC raised an estimated $500,000, it appears now that was a rosy projection.
Rand PAC took in $322,498 in contributions between January and April, according to the FEC filing. It burned through more than $500,000, mostly on airplane tickets, hotels and political staffing supporting Paul’s robust travel schedule.
Rand PAC has $331,697 left in the bank as it heads into the spring.
Paul’s personal campaign finance report has not yet been filed online.