The most recent jolt of cash has come in the form of a $350,000 ad buy from the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help support former state Sen. Richard Tisei, Tierney’s sole Republican challenger in the state’s 6th Congressional District.
The 30-second ad, running on television and online, portrays Tisei as “an independent voice for Massachusetts” who wants to use free-market solutions to fix health care. It doesn’t mention Tisei’s party affiliation.
Although the ad is intended to give Tisei a jolt early on in the campaign, it’s not the only source of money flowing into the race. Most of it is going directly to the candidates.
Tierney has raised the most of any candidate, Republican or Democratic. Donations to his campaign topped $1.3 million by the end of March.
About 45 percent of Tierney’s contributions — $585,400, according to the Federal Election Commission — came in donations from dozens of political action committees representing organized labor, local corporations, lawyers, financial services firms and other interests "
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