Cantor was big contributor to lawmakers, candidates
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, felled in an upset by tea party challenger Dave Brat on Tuesday, helped channel at least $570,000 to California candidates over the last decade.
Cantor is considered one of the Republican Party’s most skilled fundraisers, using his leadership PAC to support colleagues and challengers running across the country.
Cantor’s PAC, the aptly named Every Republican is Crucial, or ERIC PAC, contributed $30,000 each to Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, and Duncan D. Hunter, R-Alpine, and $20,000 apiece to Reps. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale.
Brat challenged Cantor on his willingness to support “amnesty” for those in the country illegally, a point Cantor strongly denied in mailers to voters across Virginia’s 7th District. Michael Eggman, a Turlock farmer and Denham’s opponent in November, seized on the PAC’s contributions to his rival, contending Cantor’s loss was a “resounding rebuke to a career politician who talked out of both sides of his mouth on immigration reform.”
“Congressman Jeff Denham has been put on notice,” Eggman said.
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