The never-ending race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Mississippi continues to drive national news. (Although Sen. Thad Cochran has been certified the winner, challenger Chris McDaniel still says he’ll file a challenge asking for a do-over.)This morning, Politico has a story explaining how the rise in the GOP insurgency has given birth to a new niche in the political consultant market. And, McDaniel is one of those insurgent candidates that has that advantage of these consultants' skills.
“There is a small band of brothers who are very skilled campaign practitioners who take on these races,” Jon Lerner, the veteran conservative operative who has long advised the Club for Growth, explained in an email to Politico’s Alexander Burns. “The biggest factor drawing them together is an iconoclastic unwillingness to be pushed around by the traditional power sources within the party.”
Three anti-incumbent firms took in $8.5 million from just three races, one of which was in Mississippi. You can find out more about what Burns calls “black market of anti-incumbent campaigns” and main players Cold Spark Media, Red Sea LLC and Target Enterprises here.