Senator Orrin Hatch, who has been the target of some sabre rattling by the Tea Party, donated to the re-election campaigns of some moderate Republicans who are also in Tea Party crosshairs.
Hatch donated $1,000 each to Maine Republican Olympia Snowe and Indiana Republican Dick Lugar.
Asked about the donations, Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen said the senator "traditionally has given to his Republican colleagues who face reelection."
Hatch has wooed Tea Party activists in his home state and has taken a bit less flak from conservative activists over the past year than have Lugar and Snowe. In Indiana, Lugar has openly sparred with Tea Party backers.