According to an FEC filing made on Wednesday, a group called the Tea Party Leadership Fund is spending $10,000 on a radio buy in Alaska opposing U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and urging Sarah Palin to run for his seat. Washington D.C. lawyer Dan Backer is the treasurer of the group, which as of February has raised $3.8 million this election cycle.
Backer is also one of the lawyers behind the most recent Supreme Court decision to strike down a slate of campaign finance restrictions.
According to Mother Jones, Backer’s group has already blasted out an email headlined “Palin for Senate” to supporters. “Sarah’s the proven leader we need,” it says. “She has a better grasp on world politics, and she knows what it means to cherish and protect our American freedoms far better than THE MAN WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE LEADING THE FREE WORLD.” The email asked people to sign a petition, urging her to jump in the race.
Backer told Mother Jones that 100,000 people had signed it.
Palin has indicated in the past that she is considering a run for Senate, which most Alaskans, including this one, didn’t take seriously. Begich, however, has used it in fundraising pleas. It must work because until recently, he had continued to do so.
This media buy will likely provide his campaign with fresh fundraising fodder.
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