The Senate Conservatives Fund began as then-Sen. Jim DeMint’s leadership PAC. In 2012, he released the group from his personal control so that it could spin off a Super PAC – Senate Conservatives Action. Senate Conservatives Action initially focused on Senate races, but has since expanded to House races as well.
While the Senate Conservatives groups are active in general elections, much of their activity occurs within Republican primaries. The groups endorsed three challengers to incumbent Republican senators in 2014. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) complained that “they are spending most of their money going after Republicans.”
For its part, the Senate Conservatives Action website declares that “we aren’t afraid to support candidates who challenge Republican incumbents who have lost their way.” The Senate Conservatives Fund lists the groups’ policy requirements as, among others, “Repeal ObamaCare,” “Oppose Amnesty”, and “Oppose Taxpayer Funding for Abortion.” This ideological focus manifested in political maneuvering during late 2013 when the groups partnered with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to help bring about a government shutdown. More recently, the groups have criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for his stated desire to avoid a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding.
The Senate Conservatives groups are chaired by Ken Cuccinelli, the former Attorney General of Virginia. During his tenure as Attorney General, Cuccinelli was criticized for accepting $18,000 worth of gifts from Jonnie Williams, the access-seeking donor whose relationship with then-Gov. Bob McDonnell resulted in McDonnell’s conviction.
As of April 30, 2016, Senate Conservatives Action held $758,929 cash on hand. The group’s top donor for the 2016 cycle is shipping magnate Richard Uihlein, who has donated $800,000.
 “Powerful Senate Conservatives Fund expands to focus on House races.” Daniel Strauss, Talking Points Memo, 09/17/13
 “The Senate Conservatives Fund has had a very bad 2014.” Philip Bump, The Washington Post, 10/02/14
 “Mitch McConnell has funded the abortion industry for years.” Senate Conservatives Fund, 09/21/15