Three months after Shafer gave the money to the fund, it contributed $10,500 to his lieutenant governor’s campaign.
Under Georgia law, candidates can't raise money for one office and then use it to run for another. So Shafer couldn't directly spend his leftover state Senate money in his lieutenant governor's race.
The Republican Leadership Fund PAC, headed by longtime party activist and statehouse lobbyist Don Bolia, can use what it raises to help support GOP candidates in next year’s election, including Shafer.
It has raised $8,000 so far this year from sources other than Shafer.
Bolia’s PAC has contributed about $27,000 to Republican candidates since it was formed in 2008, with most of its money coming from companies and individuals with an interest in statehouse politics and policy. About one-third of that money went to Shafer for his aborted lieutenant governor’s campaign in 2009.
Before Shafer’s Senate campaign contribution to the PAC, it had $188,000 in the bank. It now has $1.2 million.