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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.

By  |  July 11, 2007; 3:40 PM ET
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A question...wouldnt it be more effective if the minutemen just used the money to build a fence (raising funds telethone style) as opposed to giving it to our wh*re politicians??? Sorta like cutting out the middleman. Id donate to build a fence as Im sure others would but Im not giving ANY politician more of my hard earned cash.

Posted by: Brenda | July 12, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I wish to know if the Minutemen PAC feels challenged or threatened by the recent developments of the Security and Prosperity Partnership for North America, which many claim will lead to a North American Union and virtually unrecognize sovereign borders between America and Mexico entirely.

Minus Texans, America is very much in the dark on this topic. The Minutemen PAC I would assume is not.

Posted by: | July 12, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

hmm... I wonder which Senator they plan on buying....

Posted by: Louisville | July 16, 2007 8:12 AM | Report abuse

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