We’re living in a brave new world.
It’s no secret that independent expenditure groups are quickly overtaking political parties as the primary organizing (or some would say “disorganizing”) forces in American politics. We saw that acutely last fall in New Jersey’s legislative elections.
You haven’t seen anything yet. Get ready for the midterms! In fact, as we speak, new TV ads and print mailers are bombarding the homes of CD3 GOP primary voters ahead of the June 3rd poll when they’ll be called upon to decide between Tom MacArthur and Steve Lonegan to replace Jon Runyan in Congress.
Not all of it is coming from the candidates themselves. Not by a long shot.
One major outside group is hitting Republican primary households with cable, online and mailer paid advertising. FEC reports show that this particular Super PAC spent around $100,000 (albeit sloppily?) in just the 10 days run-up to Memorial Day Weekend out of about $3.4 million spent by the organization nation-wide thus far in 2014.
Who are they?
Patriot Majority USA/PAC has a tea party-ish name and features a minuteman logo on its site, Save Jerseyans, but the Washington D.C.-based group prides itself for supporting liberal causes including “targeting billionaires like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson” since 2006.
Past candidates who’ve received Patriot Majority backing include none other than Harry Reid, the man whom national Republicans hope will be U.S. Senate minority leader come January. The folks behind the PAC, past and present, boast an extensive history of launching savage attacks against GOP candidates and maintaining close ties to high-flying Obama World political circles.
Needless to say they’re not interested in helping Republicans do anything other than disappear.
The truly ironic part?
Besides the fact that they’re liberals messaging to the conservative base?
While some of the ads targeting GOP primary voters attack Lonegan for being ‘too extreme’ for CD3, the majority of the ads are aimed at MacArthur, suggesting that while the group wants to bloody up both potential GOP contenders, they would either (1) prefer to have Tea Party-affiliated candidate Steve Lonegan on the ballot in November or (2) having internalized the polls showing MacArthur leading, they’d rather try to help make the contest as painful as possible down the stretch by beating down the front runner.
Keep in mind: this is coming from a group that makes no bones about wanting to beat Republicans by campaigning against the Tea Party…
I’m not telling you HOW to vote on Tuesday June 3rd, Save Jerseyans. You know by now that that’s not my style.
I do, however, want you to remain vigilant and conscious concerning who is trying to influence or manipulate your vote. There’s a lot of crap out there. Think before consuming! Do your due diligence by going to the candidates’ events, reading a diverse array of materials and, of course, taking your daily dose of Save Jersey.
Do not permit a liberal Super PAC to decide our primary. Under any circumstances.