The super PACs that have been making their presence known in the presidential contests are now showing up in congressional races. About two dozen House races and some key Senate contests are feeling the impact of negative ads such groups are running, The Washington Post
Federal Election Commission data and interviews with political strategists reveal that super PAC ads are showing up in Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, and Indiana, the Post reported.
A group called House Majority, a Democratic super PAC, has gone after GOP candidate Rob Cornilles in Oregon, who is trying to win a special election this week to fill the seat of Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., who resigned.
The Democratic Party and allied groups have bankrolled $1.8 million in negative ads that Cornilles calls “lies and distortions,” the Post reported.
Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has been subjected to about $3 million in negative ads by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS, and other Republican-leaning groups; Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch has been attacked by ads from a super PAC run by a Washington tea party group. Other conservative super PACs have gone after GOP candidates they deem too moderate, including Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the Post reported.
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