by Max Brantley
The Retire Pryor PAC has filed its first report with the Federal Election Commission.
Little Rock businessman Carlton Saffa, a Republican with a yen for inside politics who's fronted the effort so far, is listed as the major financial supporter, accounting for about $7,000 of the slightly more than $10,000 raised. Keith Emis, a Republican political consultant from Little Rock, put in $3,000. The money has been spent on ads in the Democrat-Gazette and the Arkansas Times. (Clarification: This particular report doesn't show expenditures yet for ads that recently began appearing on the Arkansas Times, but my presumption is that the PAC will pay its bills in time.) There were five other small contributions.
To date, the PAC has focused on aiming innuendo at business dealings of Pryor's in-laws. It has reaped far more than $10,000 in free national media about its effort, all of which naturally repeated the anti-Pryor theme. That may be all there is to it. That may not. Time will tell, along with future financial reporting.