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Nation: Main Street PAC Gives to Hastert, Among Others

The Republican Main Street Partnership political action committee, which promotes political centrism in the GOP, last month donated to four House candidates running in Democratic-held districts — three of whom face serious primary opposition.

RMSP PAC is wading into the GOP primary in Illinois’ 14th district, where Rep. Bill Foster (D) is seeking a second full term. It donated $2,000 to Ethan Hastert, who faces state Sen. Randy Hultgren in the Feb. 2 primary. Hastert is an attorney and son of former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).

The PAC gave $5,000 to Ohio businessman Jim Renacci, a former small-town mayor who is challenging freshman Rep. John Boccieri (D) in the Canton-area 16th district. National Republican party figures prefer Renacci over Matt Miller, a former county commissioner who ran competitively in the 2006 and 2008 GOP primaries.

The PAC gave $5,000 to ex-Rep. Charlie Bass (N.H.), who served in the House from 1995 through 2006. Bass is exploring a campaign to win back his old 2nd district seat, and he would face a primary against 2008 nominee Jennifer Horn and former state Rep. Bob Giuda and possibly others.

Steve Stivers, a former Ohio state Senator, received $2,000 for his rematch campaign against freshman Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D), who narrowly beat Stivers last year in the Columbus-area 15th district.

The contributions were disclosed in an electronic filing that RMSP PAC made Saturday to the Federal Election Commission.

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