Tuesday, May 21, 2013
We've been keeping an eye out for last minute expenditures ahead of tomorrow's legislative primaries by outside Politcal Action Committees. Last week, PACs connected to racino developer Ocean Properties and the state and national real estate agents' associations took out ads in the Democrat's Biddeford-Saco state senate primary. This week another PAC is taking out ads in Washington County's GOP senate race.
The new Defense of Liberty PAC reported spending $1787 in favor of Tea Party candidate Kathleen Caso of Calais, who is running for senate district 29, the seat being vacated by senate president Kevin Raye. The PAC is headed by Eric Brakey of Falmouth, who headed Ron Paul's campaign efforts in Maine this year.
Caso is squaring off against Republican Rep. Dave Burns of Whiting.
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John Richardson joined the Press Herald in 1990 after working as a reporter in New Jersey. He has covered a variety of beats, including marine issues, the environment and health care. He is now covering politics and focusing on Maine's U.S. Senate race.
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Colin Woodard has covered politics and elections for more than two decades, from Bosnia and Bucharest to Washington, D.C., Augusta, and Portland City Hall. He has written for a wide range of national and international publications and is the author of four books, including "American Nations," a history of North America's regional cultures. He joined the Portland Press Herald at the end of April and covers political finance and lobbying, among other things.
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Michael Shepherd joined MaineToday Media in May 2012 after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono, where he edited The Maine Campus, the student newspaper there. Until November he'll be writing the Truth Test, a recurring feature analyzing political statements and advertising.
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