Conservative PAC Wades Into Alabama Special | #AL01
Posted at 10:26 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2013
Citizens United Political Victory Fund, a PAC that supports candidates who embody conservative principles, announced on Friday that it will run a $25,000 radio ad in support of Quin Hillyer, a candidate in Alabama’s upcoming 1st District special election.
The 30-second radio ad, which will run up until a day before the Sept. 24 primary, features former Sen. Rick Santorum touting Hillyer’s conservative values. Santorum endorsed Hillyer’s campaign early in the special election.
“Hi, this is Senator Rick Santorum and I’m proud to support a true conservative – Quin Hillyer for Congress – because he shares my values,” Santorum says in the ad.
Hillyer is one of five top-tier GOP candidates running in a special election to replace former Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned in August to take a job with the University of Alabama system.
The independent expenditure will come as good news for Hillyer’s campaign, which came in third in the fundraising race leading up to the primary.
Hillyer raised $90,000 less than the top fundraiser in the contest — former state Sen. Bradley Byrne — and has $134,000 less cash on hand than Byrne’s campaign.
As of last week, Hillyer had not yet reserved television ad time in the lead-up to the primary, according to a source with direct knowledge of ad buys in the district.
Alabama’s 1st District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.