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Business Bid to Counter Tea Party Fizzles

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LaTourette’s Defending Main Street super PAC raised $845,000 last year, more than half of it from labor unions.

“What we showed in Wyoming is that the right way to do this is to make sure that real people are engaged,” said David French, the federation’s vice president for government relations. “I think orchestrating efforts from Washington is going to be really ineffective, because it continues to feed the establishment-versus-insurgent narrative that the insurgents want to feed.”

Even so, GOP business allies are up against conservative organizers who collected more than $20 million between them last year. That includes $9.4 million for the Senate Conservatives Fund and its affiliated super PAC, $6.4 million for the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, $2.6 million for Club for Growth Action, and $2.3 million for the Madison Project..

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