U.S House Republican leaders have rallied around their 8th Congressional District candidate Jim Bognet in the one way that really counts besides votes.


Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Whip Steve Scalise and
Deputy Whip Tom Cole all chipped in to Bognet’s campaign after he won the primary.

So did U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

In case you missed, Bognet wants to unseat Rep. Matt Cartwright, the Moosic Democrat considered perhaps Republicans’ best chance at flipping a congressional seat in Pennsylvania because President Donald Trump won the 8th district in 2016.

Let’s run down the list.

— In the Republican primary, McCarthy endorsed Afghanistan war veteran Earl Granville, who finished third in the six-man race. To let bygones be bygones, McCarthy donated $5,000 through his leadership political action committee, Majority Committee PAC. That’s the most a candidate PAC can accept from another PAC.

Members of Congress often set up leadership PACs to raise money that they can give to others to build allegiances and support party candidates without using their own candidate PACs’ money.

— Scalise donated $2,000 through his The Eye of the Tiger leadership PAC. I actually reported about this in my Roderick Random column on Saturday.

— Cole, a former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, gave $1,000 through his leadership PAC, Conservative Opportunity Leadership and Enterprise (The initials are COLE, don’t you know.)

— Toomey’s leadership PAC, Citizens for Prosperity in America, donated $5,000.

— Huck PAC, Huckabee’s project, donated $5,000, too.

— The NRCC gave Bognet $5,000, though it hasn’t bought air time on his behalf yet as it has in other races.

— Leaders Only Unite PAC, the leadership PAC of former congressman Lou Barletta, a Bognet family friend, gave $2,000.

Three Republican Pennsylvania congressmen all used their leadership PACs to give Bognet money.

— Rep. Glenn Thompson’s Greater Tomorrow PAC donated $5,000.

— Rep. Fred Keller’s Freedom Rings Every Day PAC donated $2,000.

— Rep. Guy Reschenthaler’s RVF PAC donated $1,000.

Most of the donations arrived either June 29 or 30, right before the reporting deadline for second quarter contributions, which says something, too.

They’re the most prominent names, though Bognet also got a smattering of contributions from other members of Congress, too. If you want to see Bognet’s latest campaign finance report, you can find it here. If you want to see Cartwright’s, it’s here.