In the 2014 election cycle, Sen. Rand Paul's political action committee RAND PAC has emerged as a major player in campaigns to get Republicans elected nationwide. The PAC has apparently raised over $300,000 in the last two weeks, and has begun to flex that money muscle.
In the incredibly close Kansas Senate race, RAND PAC has just gone on the air with an ad in favor of Republican Pat Roberts, who is down a few points on Greg Orman. The ads support Roberts' votes against sending American tax money overseas:
As the Washington Times reported:
The PAC for Mr. Paul, a likely 2016 GOP presidential contender, also plans to air ads in other states with competitive U.S. Senate races — and a few with early presidential nominating contests — like Kentucky, New Hampshire, Iowa and North Carolina.
Mr. Paul has also appeared in Chamber of Commerce ads in both Alaska and North Carolina and has barnstormed more than 30 states this cycle on behalf of candidates as he lays the groundwork for a possible 2016 run.
Sen. Paul's support of Pat Roberts is notable because they come from disparate branches of the Republican coalition. Paul is a firebrand outsider, while Roberts has been a mainstream Republican for most of his (considerable) tenure in Washington. It's a close race, and a key one for the GOP's takeover of the Senate, but Roberts' base demographic looks a lot different than Paul's.