I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Another outside group to spend against a Democrat
Another outside group backing Republicans is going to air ads attacking a Democrat in New Mexico. This time, it is the American Action Network that announced they would be airing ads against Martin Heinrich and 21 other Democrats in House races across the nation.
The group has already spent $5 million on Senate races and now says they will spend $19 million on the House contests.
Already, more than $750,000 has been spent by outside groups against Heinrich. The three groups spending money against Heinrich are the National Republican Campaign Committee, American Future Fund and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber has been dogged by accusations that it is mixing foreign money with the same fund that has been funding millions of dollars of ads attacking Democrats throughout the country. Factcheck.org calls this unproven, though the liberal blog ThinkProgress documented nearly $885,000 in foreign corporations’ money that has gone into the Chamber of Commerce’s general fund.
As for the American Action Network, Talking Points Memo found three donors to the group, including Robert Steel, a man who once advocated for cutting reductions in benefits.
According to Factcheck.org, the group was created in February of this year by “Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a senior policy adviser to Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Norm Coleman, a former Republican senator from Minnesota. Coleman serves as the group’s chief executive officer. Rob Collins, a former chief of staff to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, serves as its president.”
In a fundraising appeal, Heinrich sent an e-mail to supporters saying that the group has bought “over a half a million dollars in negative ads against Martin.”