The national debate over immigration policy has helped increase the coffers of the Minuteman PAC, the political arm of the Minuteman Movement. Using a national direct mail campaign, the PAC has raised $558,000 during the first six months of this year, according to a newly-filed report with the Federal Election Commission. That amount is more than half of what the PAC raised during the entire 2005-2006 election cycle.
The vast majority of contributions to the Minuteman PAC are in amounts of less than $200, the minimum threshold for itemized disclosure to the FEC, so it's difficult to gauge the geographic range of support for the group, but the itemized donations come from donors in states from Alaska to Massachusetts.
Still, the half-million haul this year doesn't mean the PAC is flush with cash: as of June 30 it had just $75,452 in cash on hand. That's largely because the committee's fundraising operation costs tens of thousands of dollars. Direct mail is one of the most effective methods of raising money but also very costly. The PAC has contributed to just one federal candidate: Republican Bill Greene of Georgia, who lost a special primary election to Jim Whitehead to fill the late Rep. Charles Norwood's seat.
July 11, 2007; 3:40 PM ET
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