The Massachusetts Senate major race is already getting private.
Less than every week after Rep. Joe Kennedy III launched his major problem, Sen. Ed Markey’s marketing campaign is happening the offensive in opposition to the Massachusetts congressman over his fundraising historical past.
Kennedy pledged earlier this month that his marketing campaign would now not settle for donations from company PACs and, in an interview over the weekend, criticized Markey for not making the identical dedication.
“I don’t take corporate PAC money,” Kennedy informed reporters. “Senator Markey does.”
Corporate PACs are business-backed political teams that increase and spend cash to run political advertisements or straight donate to candidates, and so they have turn out to be more and more rejected by Democrats as a supply of the disproportionate affect of cash in politics.
The 73-year-old senator shot again forcefully on Thursday, releasing an internet video that chronicled the collection of company PAC donations Kennedy accepted within the run-up to his announcement and criticizing the 38-year-old congressman for being deceptive.
“Congressman Kennedy is not being straight with the people of Massachusetts about corporate PAC contributions and his accusations in this race,” John Walsh, an adviser for Markey’s marketing campaign, mentioned in a press release. “People should take a look at the facts for themselves.”
According to a rely by Markey’s marketing campaign, Kennedy’s marketing campaign committees have accepted $1.9 million from company PACs since his first marketing campaign in 2012, together with $41,000 this previous June, the latest month for which marketing campaign finance knowledge is offered. In their video, Markey’s marketing campaign overlayed an inventory of these June donations over footage of Kennedy’s current interview.
Markey’s marketing campaign additionally mentioned the senator had quietly determined to cease accepting company PAC donations earlier this summer season, previous to Kennedy getting within the race, even when they didn’t announce it on the time.
Kennedy’s marketing campaign discovered the assault puzzling, noting that the congressman by no means hid the very fact he had accepted company PAC cash, however made the choice to cease after listening to “from an growing variety of constituents involved in regards to the outsized affect of company pursuits in our political system.”
“Yes, Joe previously accepted corporate PAC money,” Emily Kaufman, a spokeswoman for the Kennedy marketing campaign, informed Boston.com in a press release. “He took the No Corporate PAC pledge in early September, prior to entering the Senate race, after hearing from voters loud and clear about how important this issue was to them.”
In a race between two fellow outstanding progressives with few main ideological variations, marketing campaign finance has turn out to be the new topic of the opening week.
After his official marketing campaign launch, Kennedy challenged Markey and the 2 different lesser-known candidates within the race to take a “people’s pledge” discouraging exterior teams from funneling cash into the race. While the candidates agreed on the thought of limiting third-party spending, his opponents voiced skepticism about how the pledge would possibly profit Kennedy.
Since the 2012 election cycle, Markey’s marketing campaign has accepted $1,457,364 in company PAC donations, in keeping with Maplight, a bunch that tracks marketing campaign donations. Kennedy’s marketing campaign accepted $1,277,503 over that very same time interval.
Markey’s marketing campaign didn’t instantly reply Thursday to questions on his plans to now not take company PAC donations. The Malden native — who was first elected to Congress in 1976, earlier than profitable his Senate seat in 2013 — disavowed all PAC donations in 1984. However, as The Boston Globe reported in 2013, he reversed his place in 2003 whereas eyeing the Senate seat then held by John Kerry, who was operating for president on the time.
End Citizens United, the group that has led the current push to get Democrats to rejected company PACs, had been urging Markey’s marketing campaign to take the pledge, in keeping with communications director Patrick Burgwinkle. While the group welcomed the information that Markey had apparently joined Kennedy on the pledge to not take company PAC cash, Burgwinkle expressed disappointment within the senator’s assault Thursday, which he mentioned evoked a line of assault typically used in opposition to Democrats by Republicans.
“If Senator Markey is also refusing corporate PAC money that’s another win for Massachusetts but we are disappointed in his Republican-style attack on Congressman Kennedy,” Burgwinkle mentioned. “What matters to voters is doing the right thing and rejecting corporate PAC money is the right thing to do.”