Being a rank amateur in such things I found nothing but questions.
According to this FEC page Senator Pat Toomey's largest single donor in the 2016 election cycle was an organization called "Americans United For Freedom" and they gave him a total of $151,357.55.
And according to this FEC page Senator Pat Toomey was the largest recipient of "Americans United for Freedom" campaign disbursements for that cycle.
And according to this FEC page, "Americans United For Freedom" raised $733,905 during that cycle (and that means, if my math is correct, that Toomey received a little more than 20% of the amount raised).
And finally, according to this FEC page, none of that money actually came from Pennsylvania.
I'd say that's an interesting relationship, wouldn't you? But then again, I'm just a rank amateur at such things.
Granted, he had way more than $150 grand to spend and way more than just one donor. But his largest single donor was that committee and the largest recipient of that committee's money was Pat Toomey. And let me say it again, none of that money came from Toomey's home state.
So who is "Americans United For Freedom" anyway?
According to this FEC page, the mailing address for "Americans United For Freedom" is:
228 S WASHINGTON STThat's also the mailing address for Huckaby Davis Lisker, Inc. Which is where we find someone named Lisa Lisker.
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314
She's the treasurer for "Americans United For Freedom" and here's a secret surprise for you - she also happens to be the treasurer for Toomey's leadership PAC, Citizens for Prosperity in America!
So when AUF gave all that money to Toomey's leadership PAC the paperwork didn't even have to leave one desk? Am I getting this right?
And what else can be found at that address?
Did you know as of January 2017, it was the mailing address for not one but two US Senators: John McCain and Lamar Alexander?
You can check for yourself this FEC page to see what other committees call this address home. There's lots and lots. And lots.
It must be a very important address. I don't know what any of this means except that it, perhaps, illustrates how tightly the ties that bind money and politics in our nation's capital.