For Rep. John Spratt (D), “the fallout from” Citizens United “is more than” $1M from “five groups based outside” SC “and unified by the goal of defeating” him.
“The groups” have “lofty, patriotic names.” Citizens for a Working America, the group spending the most on this race, “is a shell operation run by” VA GOP consultant Norman Cummings and “was formed just seven weeks ago” and “has spent” over $250K “attacking Spratt.” Club for Growth comm. dir. Mike Connolly “said Spratt is the only congressional candidate the” group has “funded ads against — to the tune of” over $217K “in the general election. Connolly said the group is helping” state Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R) “overcome Spratt’s fundraising advantage.”
“All told, outside groups” have spent $1.04M “on behalf of Mulvaney.” Spratt: “This kind of money can only drown out the voices and votes of average South Carolinians and, for that matter, average Americans everywhere. It’s not healthy” (Rosen, McClatchy, 10/14).