ABM launches ads against McFadden

WASHINGTON – As the campaign enters its final two weeks, the liberal group Alliance for a Better Minnesota is launching a large ad campaign directed against Republican candidate Mike McFadden, according to a source with knowledge of the ad buy.

The high six-figure ad will attack McFadden on Medicare and Social Security, echoing a line of attack that DFL Sen. Al Franken’s campaign has been pushing recently. Super PACs such as ABM are not permitted to coordinate their activities with candidates but often follow the themes of the candidates they support.

The ad marks the first significant foray onto broadcast TV in the Senate race for ABM and the biggest investment in the race by an outside group so far. ABM is funded by labor unions and liberal donors, including Alida Messinger, the former wife of Gov. Mark Dayton.

It formed a federal super PAC specifically to defend Franken that is separate from its gubernatorial and state legislative election campaign accounts. That means the money cannot be spent on those state races.

According to recent campaign finance reports, ABM’s super PAC  has more than $859,00 on hand so the ad blast against McFadden will likely empty most of its coffers.

Republican-allied outside groups have mostly stayed out of the race.

McFadden is also up on the air with a new ad that features his daughter, Molly, explaining the personal qualities that would make her father a good senator. The McFadden campaign did not say how much it was spending on the ad.

A McFadden spokesman said the ABM ad campaign shows Franken is in trouble with voters.

“It looks like Democrats are just waking up to what we’ve known for months: this race is tightening,” said McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson.

  • Al

    Franken is a rubber stamp for Obama. If this state decides that Franken should win because Obama’s policies, lies, incompetence and arrogance have suited the country fine….then this state is truly in a sad condition.

    • calistair

      If Senator Franken wins, which he will, maybe you should consider relocating to a different state.

      • EdBradly7

        With Al’s IQ, I think he would fit in just fine in Mississippi or Alabama or Tennessee.

      • Al

        its on the plan/action schedule already. Democrats have ruined Minnesota…turning it into a welfare, gimme state

  • croixscout

    al, I am in perfect disagreement. Isn’t it interesting. Where did you get the facts to form your opinions?

    • James

      He votes with Obama 97% of the time. Is that enough of a “fact” for you?

      • progunliberal

        Well, they’re both democrats….. so…. it makes sense they’d vote with eachother.

        • James

          97% of the time???? Nobody else in the Senate is that consistent a partisan.

          • progunliberal

            Hardly an outlier Lets not pretend he’s the only partisan. Sen. Shaheen is 99%

            Support for Dem bills
            Keith Ellison: 94%
            Betty McCollum: 93%
            Rick Nolan: 90%
            Tim Walz: 91%

            Support for GOP bills
            Bachmann: 95%
            Kline: 96%
            Paulsen: 92%

          • EdBradly7

            James, life must be easy when Rushbo and Fox do all your thinking for you,

      • croixscout

        Where did you get that fact? Have you analyzed the source? McFadden ad? Or do you just mouth whatever you hear from the Faux News pipeline?

  • progunliberal

    What is ” $859,00 on hand” ??

    • James

      Cash in the bank.

      • progunliberal

        I know what COH is. WTF is that number?

  • James

    This development confirms what we learned with the recent appearances by Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton: Minnesota has become the Democrats’ firewall wrt the US Senate. They expect to lose eight seats.

    • EdBradly7

      Two weeks before Election Day, Franken leads McFadden by 15 points. If right wing leaning SurveyUSA has McFaddon down by 15 points it is safe to add another 5 points and make it accurate. Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha. You voted for George Bush twice didn’t you. You are a genius!!!!

  • croixscout

    Many of the partisan votes are in support of nominees for various positions- why wouldn’t a senator support a President from their own party- wouldn’t you basically trust the vetting by the White House on a nominee?

  • Kevin Todd

    let us not forget it was Franken who cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare

    • kevins

      Good for him, good for us.

  • EdBradly7

    “It looks like Democrats are just waking up to what we’ve known for months: this race is tightening,” said McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson…………………………..Another perfect example of Regressives living in an alternate world,. 11 days to go and Franken is up by at least 15 points. Another Mitt Romney moment.