Eric Cantor Gave $25K to Anti-Incumbent PAC to Aid Adam Kinzinger

April 7, 2012

By John Stanton, Roll Call

In the waning days of a bruising primary between Illinois GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Don Manzullo, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor donated $25,000 to an anti-incumbent super PAC for use against Manzullo — a move that may have helped swing the contest in favor of Kinzinger.

The Virginia Republican had previously endorsed Kinzinger and donated directly to his campaign, which was unusual in and of itself and which drew the ire of Manzullo and some older members of the GOP Conference.

Cantor has previously defended his backing of Kinzinger, arguing that he had promised to support him before the freshman decided to run in the same district as Manzullo. Cantor’s overt backing of Kinzinger did not directly target Manzullo, but YG Action Fund, a super PAC run by a former Cantor aide, spent $52,000 on a radio ad buy supporting Kinzinger.

But Cantor’s decision to donate significant resources to the Campaign for Primary Accountability, which targets House Republican and Democratic incumbents across the country and ran ads harshly critical of Manzullo, is sure to reignite the controversy.

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