Super PAC spends over $800,000 on media buys in Arkansas in US Senate race
WASHINGTON — An out-of-state political donor-funded Super PAC is spending more than $800,000 on media buys to support Jake Bequette’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate, according to a Federal Election Commission filing.
Bequette of Little Rock, a former NFL player, defies the outgoing US Senator John Boozman Rogers during the Republican primary this year.
A new filing with the FEC shows the super PAC, called the Arkansas Patriots Fund, spent more than $841,000 this month buying TV and cable media in support of Bequette’s run.
Uline CEO Dick Uihlein paid the group $1 million last year, according to available FEC files. Uihlein’s contribution was tied to a Wisconsin address, according to an FEC filing.
The race for the US Senate may be the race to Arkansas Congress the most publicized of this election cycle midterm.
Bequette has sought to portray Boozman as being out of step with former President Donald Trump, even though the incumbent received Trump’s endorsement last year.
“As an invisible career politician, Boozman has turned his back on President Trump and the America First movement for too long, but now is the time for the people of Arkansas to hold him accountable,” Bequette said in a statement. last week.
He also accused Boozman of being a RINO, which means Republican in name only.
Not only did Boozman receive Trump’s endorsement, but Senator Tom Cotton of Little Rock and Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders also endorsed the incumbent.
In Congress in recent months, Boozman has pushed back against a Biden administration vaccine or test rule aimed at big business and opposed an effort to advance a voting rights measure backed by Senate Democrats.
Boozman is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate and faces a primary challenge from Jan Morgan of Hot Springs, a shooting range owner.
Bequette criticized Boozman’s past statements about U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming and an outspoken critic of Trump.
In a statement Wednesday, Bequette said the Republican National Committee made the right decision in censuring Cheney, one of two Republicans on a congressional panel investigating last year’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.
Boozman said Tuesday that it was not the right decision for the RNC to censor Cheney. Instead, he said censures should be addressed at the state party level.
It remains to be seen if or how super PAC money will shape the race.
Boozman exceeds its competitors GOP on the front of fundraising, according to FEC records available.
Boozman’s campaign reported a haul of more than $1.1 million in the fourth quarter. That brings total campaign cash to more than $3.5 million at the end of the fourth quarter, according to the FEC filing.
The fourth quarter of 2021 covered October, November and December.
The senator’s campaign committee spent about $401,000 in the fourth quarter, according to FEC documents.
The filing period is from February 22 to March 1. The primary is May 24 and the general election is November 8.