Cruz, Paul Aid Michigan’s Amash Facing Primary Challenge

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), left, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wait to speak at the ‘Exempt America from Obamacare’ rally, on Capitol Hill, on Sept. 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are aiding the re-election campaign of Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian-leaning Michigan Republican who faces a well-funded primary challenger.

Cruz, of Texas, and Paul, of Kentucky, donated to Amash’s campaign from their leadership political action committees in the fourth quarter, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Amash, who’s sought to limit the National Security Agency’s data-collection capabilities, raised $519,000 in the quarter from donors including billionaire Richard DeVos Sr., co-founder of Alticor, the parent company of direct-seller Amway; billionaire Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and the first outside investor in Facebook Inc; and the political action committee of Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who’s sided with Amash in bucking Republican leaders on some key votes. The Club for Growth PAC collected $146,300 for Amash during the quarter.

Amash, who was unopposed for renomination in the 2012 Republican primary, raised about four times as much in the last quarter as he did in the fourth quarter of 2011. He ramped up his fundraising in the face of a primary challenge from businessman Brian Ellis, who took in $508,000 during the quarter, including a $200,000 personal loan.

Ellis received a donation from the political action committee of Dow Chemical Inc., as Political Capital first reported in December. Ellis’s donors included Mark J. Bissell, the chairman and CEO of Bissell Inc., a home-cleaning products company based in Grand Rapids.

The primary is scheduled for Aug. 5. Amash and Ellis are seeking the 3rd District, which includes Grand Rapids and Battle Creek.

 

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