Newly created ‘West Virginians for Results’ has GOP connection
-By Michael Beckel
September 4, 2013- A newly created super PAC appears to have its sights set on West Virginia, a state where Republicans in 2014 hope to pick up both a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
A group called “West Virginians for Results” submitted paperwork to the Federal Election Commission on August 29, stating it “intends to make independent expenditures,” though it doesn’t specify in which races it plans to be active and the website it lists is not yet functional.
The address used by West Virginians for Results on its FEC filing is the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm Clark Hill PLC. The super PAC’s treasurer is listed as James “Jim” Tyrrell III, a Clark Hill attorney who did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Tyrrell specializes in campaign finance law and has a strong Republican pedigree.
He once clerked for former FEC Chairman Don McGahn, who now serves as the agency’s vice chairman. And Tyrrell previously worked for the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia, according to his online biography.
Records show that he personally donated $1,500 to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2011, $50 to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina during her 2010 campaign and $1,000 to Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell during his 2009 campaign.
Ward Wyatt, the executive director of the West Virginia Republican Party, told the Center for Public Integrity that he was unfamiliar with West Virginians for Results, though he was not surprised that a super PAC would be focused on the state.
“You’re probably going to see a lot of super PACs pop up,” he said.