Updated at 9 p.m.
The post-2012 wariness among conservative donors toward super PACs was evident in the modest takes reported to the Federal Election Commission Wednesday by some of the groups.
Republicans for Immigration Reform, a super PAC launched with substantial fanfare last fall by former commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez and top GOP fundraiser Charlie Spies, brought in just $193,150 in the first half of the year.
Spies told The Post in June that “it has been a challenge to get donors on the Republican side to reengage” in the wake of the 2012 elections, in which outside groups reported spending a record $1 billion on campaigns, many with little success.
Since then, fundraising has picked up, Spies said Wednesday.
“There is increasing engagement from conservatives and Republicans that support reform,” he said. “July was a good fundraising month, and the letter from 100 Republican leaders and major donors that was spearheaded by Republicans for Immigration Reform earlier this week has gotten a very positive response.”
American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the behemoth GOP-allied groups that raised more than $300 million in the 2012 cycle, together brought in almost $3.3 million in the last six months.