Sen. Jim DeMint to Leave Senate for the Heritage Foundation

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced on Thursday that he will be resigning his Senate seat to head the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. The governor of South Carolina will appoint a successor until 2014 when a special election will be held to finish out the final two years of DeMint's term. The Heritage Foundation's political action committee did not report any contributions in the 2012 election cycle; however, they did make $227,000 in independent expenditures (all occurring in October 2012) either supporting or opposing federal candidates.

Data: MapLight analysis of independent expenditures from the Heritage Foundation's PAC in the 2012 election cycle.

                                          

Race Achieved Desired Election Result?
   Candidate Opposing
      $
Supporting
       $
Grand
Total
Ill. - 8th L. Tammy Duckworth (D) $85,289    
    Joe Walsh (R)   $23,639  
Ill. - 8th Total   NO       $108,928
           
Penn. - 12th Mark Critz (D) $27,058    
    Keith Rothfus (R)   $17,165  
Penn. - 12th Total   YES       $44,223
           
N.Y. - 24th Daniel Benjamin
Maffei (D)
$26,083    
    Ann Marie Buerkle (R)   $16,190  
N.Y. - 24th Total   NO       $42,273
           
President Barack Obama (D) $15,446    
President Total   NO       $15,446
           
Wisc. - 8th James Richard
Wall Jr. (D)
$3,650    
    Reid Ribble (R)   $3,650  
Wisc. - 8th Total   YES       $7,300
           
Ohio - Senate Sherrod Brown (D) $5,342    
Ohio - Senate Total   NO       $5,342
           
Penn. - Senate Robert P. Casey Jr. (D) $3,912    
Penn. - Senate Total   NO       $3,912
Grand Total     $166,781 $60,645 $227,426

METHODOLOGY: MapLight analysis of independent expenditures made by Heritage Action for America in support of or opposition to federal candidates from Jan. 1, 2011-Dec. 2, 2012. Source: FEC.gov. If you use MapLight data please cite accordingly.

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