The Lincoln Project, a super PAC led by current and former anti-Trump Republicans, draws attention to the U.S. Senate race in Maine between Senator Susan Collins and its Democratic rival, Maine House Speaker Sarah Gideon, with an expensive publicity campaign.
In an online and television announcement on Wednesday morning, the group targeted Collins as a “scam” controlled by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, citing Maine̵7;s tradition of sending independent-minded people. lawmakers to Washington.
“Susan Collins never objects to Donald Trump. That’s why Maine is made for her weakness and excuses, “the announcer said in an ad that doesn’t mention her opponent.
The group, founded by several anti-Trump conservatives, including former New Hampshire Republican president Jennifer Horn and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway’s husband George Conway, is spending a million dollars on the Collins campaign, the Portland Press Herald reports.
“The Lincoln project joins at least 13 other Democrat billionaire-funded groups that have tried to come to Maine and buy this Senate race with false advertising. Mainers know Senator Collins and have repeatedly proven that this type of poisonous, DC-style dried-up land policy does not work in our state, ”said Colline campaign spokeswoman Riley Ploch. globe on wednesday. “This ad is a great example of how Sarah Gideon is running her campaign – avoiding debate hidden in Chuck Schumer’s basement without windows and allowing billionaire Democratic donors to show offensive ads in her account.”
While the Lincoln Project is known for its scandalous videos directed against Trump, it is also aimed at several vulnerable Republican senators who will be re-elected in 2020. April In Arizona and Senator Thomas Tillis of North Carolina “on the road to forced retirement.”
The Super PAC also posted ads on Wednesday promoting Democrat Al Gross’s proposal to release Alaskan Senator Dan Sullivan and Democratic Governor Steve Bullock’s campaign against Republican Montana Senator Steve Daines. According to Axios, 4 million is spent on these campaigns. USD.
The ad, bought in Maine, marks the latest amount of cash, which is already the most expensive campaign in the state’s history. In addition to the millions raised by Collins and Gideon, the outside group spends a lot of money on the competition. According to Bangor Daily News, such groups have so far spent more than $ 16 million, mostly on television commercials.
Collins ’headquarters in Maine is one that Democrats point to in November as they hope to overthrow the Republican-controlled senate, and a recent poll in Maine shows a tense race. A poll released by Colby College on Tuesday found that Gideon leads Collins by five percentage points, from 44 to 39 percent. The survey also found that only 15 percent of respondents said they did not think Collins was “affiliated with any country and independent.” Its error is 3.9 percent.
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