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One Year Ago Today: Heller’s Reward for Caving on Health Care? At Least $11.2 Million in Spending from McConnell’s Super PAC

One year ago today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund, announced it was all in for Heller’s re-election and would spend seven figures to keep the seat in GOP control in 2018. That announcement came just a week after Sen. Dean Heller’s toxic health care repeal votes.

This summer, it was revealed just how much selling out Nevadans’ health care was worth to Heller: a whopping $11.2 million in TV ad reservations.

This repulsive quid pro quo encapsulates why Nevada voters are getting ready to dump Dean in 2018: he can’t be trusted to keep his promises because he’s looking out for his own political self-interest instead of looking out for his constituents.

The Nevada Independent: McConnell-linked SuperPAC says it’s all in for Heller

Fresh off Sen. Dean Heller’s vote for the so-called skinny Obamacare repeal, a SuperPAC linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it will spend seven figures to defend him — including fending off any primary challenge.

“We were Senator Heller’s biggest independent supporter in 2012 and we expect to be in 2018,” said Steven Law, McConnell’s former chief of staff who now oversees the Senate Leadership Fund. “In general, senators casting tough votes have to be concerned about downstream political consequences. We will have their backs.”


Law told me that the group would invest “commensurate with what we have done in the past,” including an unsuccessful attempt to elect Joe Heck to Harry Reid’s seat last cycle. The SLF spent $114 million last cycle, according to OpenSecrets, and was part of $88 million in outside spending in the race between Heck and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (the SLF spent $14 million of that).