UPDATE (7:00 pm EST): Following this article’s publication, Sergio Gor — Sen. Paul’s spokesman — issued the following statement to TheDC: “It is untruthful for a story to say that this Super PAC stopped supporting Senator Paul, when in fact they don’t seem to have lifted a finger in the first place.”
PurplePAC — one of the three super-PACs backing Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential run — announced Monday that they will no longer raise money for the senator from Kentucky, claiming that libertarian principles have totally “disappeared” from his campaign.
“I have stopped raising money for him until I see the campaign correct its problems,” Ed Crane, PurlplePAC’s overseer, told Politico. “I wasn’t going to raise money to spend on a futile crusade… I want to grab Rand by the lapels and say, ‘What are you doing? I’m a big fan of Rand Paul. But whatever motivates his campaign, I don’t get it.”
PurplePAC announced in July that it had raised $1.2 million for Paul’s campaign, and while it still has upwards of $1 million in collected donations, organizers will no longer actively seek new contributions.