Labor Unions Fund Attack Ads Against GOP Franken Challenger
Labor unions will begin funding a series of attack ads against Mike McFadden, the Republican challenging Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken.
The ad campaign will be launched by Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM), a liberal group funded by labor unions and other liberal donors, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
The ad campaign, which is expected to cost high into the six figure range, will attack McFadden on Medicare and Social Security.
This blitz will be the first significant attack on broadcast for ABM and the biggest investment in the Senate race by an outside group. Republican outside groups have mostly stayed out of the race, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson dismissed the ad campaign.
“It looks like Democrats are just waking up to what we’ve known for months: this race is tightening,” Erickson told Minnesota Public Radio.
ABM was originally formed as a federal super PAC specifically meant to defend Franken.
McFadden has also released a new campaign ad. His ad features his daughter Molly explaining the personal qualities that would make her father a good senator.
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