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Allen putting PAC money to good use in run-up to November elections

Rosalind Helderman

Sen. George Allen (R) is putting his political action committee's largesse to work in congressional and senatorial races across the country this year.

It's another sign that Allen is getting more serious about attempting a return to the Senate in 2012. After all, anyone he helps this year would likely return the favor next year.

He's got plenty of money to spend, too. We already told you that Allen's PAC Good Government for America raised more than $300,000 in the three-month reporting period that spanned April 1 to June 30. And as the former chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, he's got plenty of practice raising dollars for Senate candidates.

Allen has been making campaign stops across the country. Saturday, he'll sit on a panel at the Virginia Tea Party Convention in Richmond.

According to Allen and his staff, his contributions in recent weeks have gone to congressional candidates in Virginia, including $10,000 to Sen. Robert Hurt, $10,000 to Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), $5,000 to Keith Fimian, $5,000 to Scott Rigell, $2,500 to Chuck Smith and Pat Murray and $2,400 to Rep. Frank Wolf.

The PAC is limited to giving $5,000 per election cycles, so candidates that received $10,000 got checks during both their primary and general election campaigns.

Allen's been traveling the country and making donations in out-of-state races as well. Last week, he headlined an event for Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio, presenting him with a check for $5,000. He had already given Rubio $5,000 during his primary campaign.

Other Republican senatorial candidates who've gotten $5,000 checks from Allen include Rep. Roy Blunt in Missouri, Dino Rossi in Washington, Rob Portman in Ohio, Dan Coats in Indiana, Sen. Richard Burr in North Carolina and Sharron Angle in Nevada.

By Rosalind Helderman  | October 8, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
Categories:  George F. Allen, Rosalind Helderman  
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