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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Jason Chaffetz has opened a new political action committee with the goal of helping like-minded candidates either get elected or keep their jobs. Chaffetz calls his PAC BudgetHawks and says want to support people who focus on cutting back government spending.
"Congress is a team sport and I wanted to try and help other Republicans who are budget-minded, the people who are actually out there working to cut the debt and deficit," Chaffetz told KSL Radio.
Chaffetz says he expects the fundraising to start off slowly through the holidays but pick up steam after the start of the new year. One of the first people Chaffetz intends to help financially is Georgia Republican Representative Tom Graves who has had some tough re-election bids.
Another added benefit to having a leadership PAC is the political leverage that comes when you help out fellow representatives. Chaffetz says "Of course that's part of helping people out."
As for the Congressman's future political aspirations, Chaffetz says he hasn't made a decision or ruled anything out including a run for the Senate. "I'm chewing on that, thinking about it. Still a definite maybe," says Chaffetz.
Money raised for a leadership PAC cannot be used in a candidates own re-election campaign. Chaffetz says one of the reasons he started BudgetHawks.com was to separate money he's raising for his own campaign and money used to support others.
All of Utah's Congressional delegation now has a leadership PAC.