Thursday, April 24, 2014
We have another update on last minute spending by Political Action Committees in the legislative primaries that kick off tomorrow.
As I reported in the newspaperlast week, PACs connected to racino developer Ocean Properties and the state and national real estate agents' associations took out ads in the Democrats' Biddeford-Saco state senate primary. The independent contributions in support of Rep. Don Pilon's candidacy had totalled over $15,000, dwarfing the combined war chests of Pilon and his Democratic rival, Rep. Linda Valentino.
In the past few hours, the Maine Realtors' Association PAC filed paperwork with the state ethics commission indicating they have upped their commitment to Pilon, contributing an additional $3371 on his behalf. The expenditure appeared to be funding a last minute mailing.
Earlier today we reported here on contributions to the Tea Party favorite in the GOP state senate primary for the Washington County seat currently occupied by senate presdient Kevin Raye, who is running for U.S. Congress. The same PAC has made another pair of last-minute expenditiures: $790 in support of Kathleen Caso of Calais and $320 in opposition to her GOP rival, Rep. David Burns of Whiting.
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