SEIU, Tea Partiers Flood Massachusetts With Cash
Organizations connected to the Service Employees International Union reported spending $759,000 in independent expenditures on the Massachusetts Senate race in the past seven days, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
The SEIU’s Committee on Political Education spent $665,000 on a television ad supporting Democratic candidate Martha Coakley and $20,000 on Internet ads and a newsletter opposing Republican Scott Brown, according to independent expenditures reported to the FEC. The group’s political action fund spent $74,000 on robocalls on Tuesday.
Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund dropped $10,000 today on get-out-the-vote phone calls for Coakley and The League of Conservation Voters Inc. spent $350,000 on an ad supporting Coakley in the past week.
Brown has his own share of issue advocacy groups stepping in to aid his campaign during its final days. The National Rifle Association spent $19,800 on postcard mailers for Brown, while the Our Country Deserves Better PAC, connected to TeaPartyExpress.org, spent $146,000 to support Brown through media buys and online messaging in the past week.
Candidates are prohibited from coordinating with groups that choose to make independent expenditures on federal races.