» In Focus » CD-6 candidate Bruce LeVell disavows ‘BlakPAC’
When Trump’s diversity coalition leader Bruce LeVell announced his candidacy for Tom Price’s House seat, he said that he would refuse any contributions from special interests. Now, he’s formally denouncing a PAC that is attempting to raise money off of his name.
BlakPAC is based out of Tampa, and claims to support conservative black Republicans running for national office. Last week, they sent out an email urging donations that would supposedly benefit LeVell’s campaign.
“There are only three Black Conservative Republicans in The US Congress, Rep.Mia Love(UT) Rep.Will Hurd(TX) and Senator Tim Scott(SC) and that lack of Black elected Republicans makes it tough to recruit Black voters to the Republican Party,” the email states. “Can we count on you to make American history with your contribution to elect Bruce Levell to Congress. [sic]”
“I have made a pledge to the voters of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District that I will not accept any Special Interest or Super PAC money. I stand by that pledge,” LeVell said in response. “I do not authorize any Special Interest to fundraise in my name, no matter the cause. This includes BlakPAC.”
It’s unlikely that LeVell would have seen any benefit from BlakPAC’s efforts one way or another. According to federal records, the PAC raised over $426k in the 2016 election cycle, but only $1,000 was given to a candidate’s campaign. Another $27,500 was used on web ads, and the rest of the money appears to have gone to pay the PAC’s organizers and cover travel and administrative costs.
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