Senate Campaign Attracting Super PAC Spending

STATE – With the special Senate primary just two weeks away, Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s campaign is attracting the interest of super PACs.

A new super PAC, the Mobilization Project, has spent almost $180,000 on canvassing operations and phone calls in support Booker, according to the Sunlight Foundation, while PACPlus has spent nearly $7,000 on phone calls.

Another new super PAC, American Commitment Action Fund, announced a $100,000 online advertising campaign against Booker and has already spent $13,000 according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, one of four Democrats running in the Senate primary, has repeatedly spoken out against outside money being funneled into the campaign through Super PAC organizations. He asked Booker, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver to sign a pledge to limit the involvement of Super PACs.

None of the three have signed the pledge, though Holt has said he would work to overturn the court decision that enabled unlimited super PAC spending if he is elected to the Senate.

“At least now we know why Mayor Booker didn’t want to sign the ‘People’s Pledge,’ said Pallone spokesperson Ray Zaccaro.  “The purpose of the pledge was to prevent outside money from being pumped in by shadow organizations just like this one and to allow voters to have the opportunity to make an informed decision in Aug. 13th’s special Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate without the shadowy specter of special interests.”


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