Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Angus King's U.S. Senate campaign appears to be stepping up its fundraising efforts in the face of relentless anti-King advertising by Republicans.
King's wife, Mary Herman, made the latest fundraising appeal in an email to supporters that says, "nothing - not even the eight years when Angus served as Governor - could have prepared us for this."
The email from Herman goes on to say Republicans are trying to buy Maine's Senate seat.
"All the while Charlie Summers claims he 'wants to talk about the issues,' but his out-of-state allies are pouring in millions of dollars trying to tear my husband down with lies and distortions. And we expect more money is headed this way," the email says.
More than $1 million has spent on anti-King ads so far, according to FEC filings. The groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are expected to spend more now that polls show King's lead has slipped to as little as 8 percent. One poll released Wednesday put the gap at 15.6 percent.
"This election isn't just about electing Angus King as the next Senator from Maine; it's a referendum on whether or not Maine elections are for sale," Herman wrote in the email. "There's no question that we will be outspent by Charlie Summers and his out-of-state allies, but if we can raise money to defend Angus, we can win this race."
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