I quit giving to the National Republican Party and politician sponsored PACs after I saw national figures promoting incumbent/establishment candidates over challengers that I felt better represented my interests. Even some of the Tea Party entities support candidates in primary races that I don't. Hence, I've taken the position that I will choose which candidates I will support with my limited dollars by contributing directly to their campaigns.
- Local entities (e.g. county and maybe state parties) where I can exert influence as to how money is spent
- Issue oriented groups that represent views I support (e.g. the Ludwig von Mises Institute that promotes sound fiscal policy)
- PACs promoted by individuals that I support for national office. For example, were I a Mitt Romney for president person, I would contribute to his PAC because I would want him to use the money to help candidates and build a base of support for a future run for office.