Sure, it’s two years away, but it’s never too early to set up political action committees if you’re considering a run for president. So far, three potential Republican candidates have started Oklahoma PACs that are tied to the national ones they’ve already established at the Federal Elections Commission. The state PACs allow them to donate to various candidates or issues in Oklahoma.
A look through the registered PACs at the Oklahoma Ethics Commission website shows that former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (who came in second in the state’s presidential primary vote in 2008) set up his Oklahoma PAC earlier this year. In this election cycle, Huck PAC donated $2,000 to attorney general candidate Scott Pruitt and $500 to insurance commissioner hopeful John Doak. Both men won election on Tuesday.
Of course, none of this means any of those politicians will actually run for president in 2012, but it does show that they’re interested in building state ties if they do decide to take the plunge.