Friday, September 14, 2018

BREAKING: This Should Be Interesting - VoteVets Drops $250k Ad Opposing McSally In #AZSen Race (#50ShadesOfDarkMoney)

VoteVets Action Fund, a progressive Super PAC focusing on veterans issues, disclosed this morning that it is spending more than $250,000 this week on an ad attacking Republican Senate nominee Martha McSally.

The ad begins running today, although it is not yet available online. McSally's campaign is built around her well-known history as the first female combat pilot, and she has personally been attacking Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema for being a war protester. Sinema has responded by touting her work on behalf of veterans, which makes this new ad an interesting chapter in the battle.

VoteVets Action Fund is teaming up with Majority Forward on this independent expenditure. Both are dark money groups on the Democratic side, with Majority Forward earning a 50 on the #50ShadesOfDarkMoney scale. VoteVets is similarly dark, although Issue One has been able to identify some of its largest contributors as various labor unions; Issue One ranked it as the 14th largest dark money spender for the 2010-2016 period.

(Here is more information on the #50ShadesOfDarkMoney scale.)

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