Senator-elect Tim Kaine, D-Va., complained about spending from outside group following his victory on Wednesday, calling for the Senate to address outside spending and transparency.
Kaine said that roughly $30 million was spent by outside groups to defeat him, and criticized super PAC money in the political system. To combat the negative ads, Kaine’s campaign went up with positive ads in the last 12 weeks of the campaign, he said, targeting both English- and Spanish-speaking voters.
“At the end of the day, if you're going to be a senator, (the voters) want to hear why you're going to do it and what you hope to do,” he said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Kaine beat Republican George Allen with 52 percent of the vote with 97 percent precincts reporting. He advocated a rule to make super PAC donors public, just like campaign contributors.
“You shouldn't be able to give to some third-party organization and then evade the policies we put in place after Watergate,” he continued. “That's the first thing I'm signing on for, and I think there's a lot of other reforms we've got to put in place.”
Kaine was not the only candidate to complain about money on Wednesday. Democratic Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, whose won in Massachusetts in a race where spending by both sides topped $65 million, also had something to say.
“Where we are on money is terrible,” she said on NBC.
Stacy Kaper contributed.