NY-26: Air War

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May 19 2011 9:39 AM

NY-26: Air War

So far, the independent spending in NY-26 is on track to pass $1.5 million. American Crossroads (conservative) has spent six figures on TV ads. The American Action Network (conservative) is sending out direct mail. The Chamber of Commerce has an ad up praising Republican Jane Corwin. The Democratic and Republican congressional committees have dueling ads. The SEIU is apparently in the race, although I haven't yet see that ad. National Right to Life is running radio ads attacking Tea Party candidate Jack Davis. And the House Majority PAC, a pretty new entry, is on the air with ads attacking Corwin on Medicare.

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? It's the new Democratic Super PAC -- it can raise infinite amounts of money as long as donors are disclosed -- that earned the instant ire of the New York Times editorial board, Russ Feingold, and good government groups. According to its last FEC filing it's spent $149,950 so far, which means Republican-aligned groups are easily going to outspend Democratic groups. They just have a slightly easier job, while Republicans have to tear down both Hochul and Corwin


David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.