Outside Spending Tops $1.25 Million In Mass. Campaign For Senate

April 6, 2013 2:32 PM
Outside Spending Tops $1.25 Million In Mass. Campaign For Senate
" BOSTON (AP) — Spending by outside groups in Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election has topped $1.25 million, with the largest amount going to support Democratic candidate Edward Markey.

The biggest spender in the race so far is the League of Conservation Voters, a national environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. The group has already reported pumping more than $545,000 into its efforts to help elect Markey, according to an Associated Press review of reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Markey is facing off against fellow U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch in the Democratic primary on April 30.

The league’s money has been spent on staff time, press releases, recruitment of volunteers, office supplies, political bumper stickers, rally signs, field campaign consulting, pledge cards and repairs to digital tracking equipment.

The group announced last month that it planned to spend at least $650,000 on a field campaign to support Markey, including knocking on the doors of more than 240,000 likely Democratic primary voters.

“Our field campaign is resonating with voters across Massachusetts,” said Navin Nayak, the league’s senior vice president of campaigns "

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