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  GOP-Led PAC Funds TV Ad Promoting Maine Democrat [Dill]
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Last EditedMiro  Aug 26, 2012 08:43am
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AuthorTom Porter
News DateFriday, August 24, 2012 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA television ad urging support for Democratic Senate candidate Cynthia Dill has taken to the airwaves today--and it's paid for by a Political Action Committee based in Washington D.C. that's described as having Republican ties. The PAC's treasurer, however, disputes the characterization of the group as a Republican Super PAC. In what's being viewed as an attempt to weaken support for Independent candidate Angus King, and make Dill more of a spoiler, the ad points out differences between Dill and King, and encourages Democrats to vote for Dill.

Polls have had Angus King ahead so far, so a strong showing for Dill in November would likely benefit Republican candidate Charlie Summers in this fall's elections. Campaign managers for both Summers and Dill told journalists they were unaware of the ad, and are more focused on running their own candidates' campaigns.

According to the Bangor Daily News, a newly-incorporated PAC called Maine Freedom spent more than $71,000 to air the ad on four Portland television stations over the next 10 days.

The treasurer of Maine Freedom is listed as a Washington D.C.-based lawyer called Michael Adams, who also serves as general counsel for the Republican Governors' Association.
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