So far, the Conservative Victory Project remains in its initial stages, and it remains to be seen whether a similar effort will be launched focusing on House primaries. But the group’s emergence makes clear that the Republican establishment and its mega-donor supporters will no longer cede unlimited outside spending in Republican primaries to the far right of the party. Reporters should prepare to cover the money war to come.

 

Sasha Chavkin covers political money and influence for CJR's United States Project, our politics and policy desk. He has written for ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity, and The New York World. Follow him on Twitter @sashachavkin.