Sen. Rand Paul creates leadership political action committee, RAND PAC

03/31/2011 05:42 PM

Kentucky’s freshman U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has joined the ranks of Washington players who set up leadership political action committees to raise money that can then be spread around to like-minded candidates.

Paul, a Republican, filed paperwork in early March with the Federal Election Commission to create RAND PAC, which stands for Reinventing A New Direction.

The PAC’s goal is “to support and elect Pro-Liberty, Pro-Constitution candidates in Kentucky and across the country,” according to its website .

The creation of leadership PAC is the latest in a series of moves Paul has made to bolster his profile. He has sponsored a series of measures aimed at cutting the budget that have garnered headlines. In February, he released a book — “The Tea Party Goes to Washington” — and has embarked on a national media tour. And last week he said he is considering running for the Republican nomination for president if his father, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, doesn’t.

Jesse Benton, Rand Paul’s campaign manager in the 2010 Senate race, confirmed to Pure Politics in an email that he will serve as RAND PAC’s director.

He said the creation of the PAC isn’t related to a potential presidential run “at this time.”

Benton, who married into the Paul family, also runs Liberty PAC, Ron Paul’s political action committee. Technological consultant Eric Stein also will split time between both RAND PAC and Liberty PAC, Benton said.

Paul started RAND PAC to elect “fellow constitutionalist candidates who will fight for serious solutions to our debt and spending problems,” Benton said.

Benton said the group has started to raise money, but declined to say how much. The group will file semi-annually in 2011, according to a letter filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The PAC’s filing papers with the FEC, dated March 11, list Kevin Broghamer as its treasurer.

Broghamer, in 2009, served as spokesman for the U.S. Senate exploratory campaign of then-Secretary of State Trey Grayson — Paul’s main rival in the 2010 GOP primary.

Broghamer runs a political compliance consulting firm, Broghamer Consulting, LCC, in Newport. He first created the firm in May 2009. He previously worked for Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential run on the campaign’s treasurer staff. He also has worked for U.S. Rep Geoff Davis, a Republican from Hebron, and for former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning.

The PAC’s website bears Rand Paul’s image on all of its pages and includes biographical information about the senator.

Many senators, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, have PACs. DeMint’s donated money to Paul’s 2010 campaign early on.

And other notable Republicans, such as potential presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, have created high-profile leadership PACs as well.

- Kenny Colston

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