Is it too early for endorsements in the now-open Senate seat in Virginia? Not for the Citizens United Political Victory Fund:
Citizens United Political Victory Fund, the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, announced its endorsement of Governor George Allen in the Virginia Senate contest today. CUPVF contributed $5,000 to the Allen primary campaign to start the 2012 cycle.
“Virginia will be the epicenter of the 2012 campaign,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “George Allen is the true conservative in the race to take on the eventual Democrat nominee. Governor Allen has served the Commonwealth of Virginia with a steady conservative hand, and will bring those conservative values back to the United States Senate. Picking up the Virginia Senate seat is vital for Republicans to retake the majority in the United States Senate, and George Allen is the best candidate to achieve that goal.”
CUPVF was a supporter in the 2010 primaries for the successful candidacies of Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Mark Kirk, and Roy Blunt. When CUPVF endorsed Paul and Rubio very early on, they were considered long shots.
Citizens United is known for triggering the lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court case that dramatically changed the interpretation of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance-reform law, eliminating restrictions on corporations and unions running political ads independently from candidates and their campaigns.