ActBlue sets its sights on Scott Brown

By David Yates | Apr 16, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - Less than a week after announcing his bid to return to the U.S. Senate, a super PAC has set its sights on stopping Scott Brown from reclaiming a seat in Congress.

Brown, the former Republican senator from Massachusetts, announced his candidacy Thursday, joining a packed group of New Hampshire Republicans looking to unseat Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Following the announcement, ActBlue, a fundraising PAC supporting Democratic candidates, created a page on its website to garner funds for the sole purpose of keeping Brown out of the Senate and supporting Shaheen.

"Oh no - not him again," the ActBlue site reads. "After Massachusetts voters sent him packing in 2012, Scott Brown and his big money backers are trying to buy their way into the Senate again - this time by challenging Senator Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire."

The site asks if page viewers will "contribute $5 or more today to make sure Jeanne (Shaheen) has the resources to fight back?"

For the 2014 election cycle, ActBlue has raised $88.3 million, spent more than $86 million and has $10,171,380 cash on hand, according to opensecrets.org.

As of April 15, the PAC has spent nearly $27 million supporting federal candidates.

Since 2004, ActBlue has raised more than $489 million, according to the PAC's website.

According to opensecrets.org, Shaheen has raised 75 percent of her 2014 campaign cash from out of state.

In September, Brown will square off with three GOP primary challengers, Bob Smith, Jim Rubens and Karen Testerman, for the right to take on Shaheen.

Legal Newsline: Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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