A conservative group called the American Action Network announced Friday that it plans to spend $600,000 on mailings, internet ads and TV commercials opposing “liberal Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney,” who’s running for a second term in one of 20 House of Representatives races on which American Action Network and an affiliate vow to invest $19 million altogether.
“Sean Patrick Maloney thinks his constituents should have to live by one set of rules and he should get to live by another,” Emily Davis, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a press release that repeated the campaign themes of Maloney’s opponent, former Rep. Nan Hayworth. “From voting to have first class air travel for Members of Congress to violating a ban by the very entity he oversees in Congress, Sean Patrick Maloney has proven he doesn’t deserve the trust of Hudson Valley families.”
The spending will go largely toward “heavy mail and digital advertising,” with some for TV ads in late October, the release said.
According to the Opensecrets.org website, outside organizations have spent $1.5 million so far this year on New York’s 18th Congressional District race, with the Democrats’ House Majority PAC leading the way with $714,000, followed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ($372,000) and pro-Hayworth U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($301,000).
Update: Maloney campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Formas issued the following statement in response to the American Action Network’s announcement: ”This Wall Street funded Super PAC and Tea Party Congresswoman Nan Hayworth are two peas in a pod — they support privatizing Social Security and giving more tax breaks to multimillionaires like themselves. Congresswoman Hayworth’s Wall Street friends want her back in Congress so she can pass her plan to let them gamble senior’s retirement on Wall Street.”