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Griffin and Schwarzman Fuel $111 Million Haul for GOP Super PAC

  • Senate Leadership Fund is biggest spender in battlegrounds
  • Super PAC linked to McConnell ended September with $85 million
Ken Griffin, Mitch McConnell and Stephen Schwarzman

Ken Griffin, Mitch McConnell and Stephen Schwarzman

Photographer: Christopher Dilts, Al Drago, Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Fueled by $10 million donations from Citadel’s Ken Griffin and Blackstone Group’s Stephen Schwarzman, a super PAC with close ties to Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell raised $111 million in the third quarter, according to its latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.

It will need the money. The Senate Leadership Fund has spent or reserved $219 million in advertising after Labor Day, the traditional kickoff of general election campaigns, according to AdImpact, which tracks political spending. The super PAC is propping up underfunded candidates in multiple battleground states that the GOP will need to win if it is recapture the Senate.