The Buying of District 6
OpenSecrets, a watchdog group that watches the amount of money spent in Congressional races, has this to say about Hoeber’s campaign as it relates to independent expenditures:
No. 4 on the list is Amie Hoeber (R), who is running to unseat Rep. John Delaney (D) in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Maryland USA, a super PAC set up by Hoeber’s husband, Quaalcom senior executive Mark Epstein, has already spent $567,000 boosting her candidacy in the district’s crowded Republican primary field.
Think about that for a second; Hoeber’s race is number 4 on the list of House races across the country when it comes to independent expenditures. The expenditures in most of the bigger races are coming from larger groups, like the Club for Growth, that raise money from many various members. Hoeber’s spending is all coming from one individual, her husband. So when Hoeber talks about the resources that she has to run a campaign, this is what she is talking about. She’s not talking about her ability to raise money necessarily, but she’s talking about her ability to see her husband stroke a check to a SuperPAC specifically created to back her candidacy.
Incidentally, one could probably make an argument that the creation of a Super PAC solely funded by the spouse of a Congressional candidate violates the spirit if not the letter of the McCain-Feingold laws surrounding coordination between campaigns and SuperPACs. I mean, you would have to be incredibly naive to believe that Hoeber doesn’t talk to Epstein about the campaign, and that Epstein doesn’t direct the SuperPAC staff to do exactly what Hoeber tells him she needs.