It's official: Reps. Keith Ellison and Michele Bachmann are now the only Minnesota lawmakers in Washington without their own leadership PACs.
Freshman Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen recently jumped into the ever-growing crowd of representatives with political action committees designed to support other candidates. His is called "ICE PAC," which stands for "Impacting Crucial Elections."
Leadership PACs, which take in money and donate it to like-minded campaigns, are a staple of many budding politicos looking to boost their stature in the Beltway.
Paulsen has already flexed his fundraising muscles during his first term in Congress, raising $1.5 million so far in this election cycle. That makes him the 10th best fundraiser among freshman lawmakers.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."