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October 19, 2010

Democratic "Super PAC" dropping $400K hit on Andy Harris

Spending in Maryland's hot First District House race continues to escalate, with a new Democratic "Super PAC" disclosing today that is spending $400,000 to attack Republican Andy Harris, the challenger to Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil.

The new group, America's Families First Action Fund, is financed by wealthy Democrats, who have chipped in at least $1.225 million, and the International Association of Firefighters, which gave a half-million.

The Democratic group is active in more than a dozen key House races across the country. It was organized under the new rules of campaign finance that allowed the creation of so-called "Super PACs."

Rulings by the Supreme Court and other federal judges have wiped out limits on campaign money, allowing wealthy individuals, corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they want, so long as they don't give directly to candidates or coordinate their activities with candidates or their campaigns.

A Republican "Super PAC" recently entered the First District campaign in Maryland, putting at least $149,000 behind attack ads against incumbent Kratovil. Most of the financing for the effort came from Baltimore area industrialist Danny Schuster, whose Owings Mills-based concrete company donated $300,000.

In a statement to The Baltimore Sun today, and in a subsequent interview, Schuster said he is supporting Harris because Kratovil supports "spending policies that are devaluing the savings of each and every American. Dr. Harris’ monetary positions are sound and in the best interest of the American people."

Schuster indicated that he's reached a stage in life in which he wants to give back more to the community. Earlier this year, the Reisterstown resident and father of seven children educated in the parochial school system offered the Baltimore archdiocese $700,000 to transport pupils displaced by the closing of Catholic schools.

Through his efforts, 350 children were able to continue attending the parochial system, Schuster said.

Posted by Paul West at 4:37 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010


One more example of how desperate Hoyer and Van Hollen are to save Kratovil from certain defeat in their own backyard. They're directing one of thei "Super PACs" to funnel obscene amounts of money into one of Maryland's elections.

The real problem is all of those nettlesome votes that Kratovil cast over the past two years in support of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda. No amount of outside money can cure that fatal flaw.

The voters will see through this torrent of negative attacks against Andy Harris and will vote to remove Kratovil as part of the DC problem.

Kratovil has done a great job his first term in office. He is one of the most moderate Representatives in the House, something that Congress lacks. Do you want more polarization? Then elect the far-right Harris. But if you want cohesion, cross party discussions, and fiscal responsibility, then elect Kratovil.

Harris is a puppet , an obedient parrot of the special interest. He represents everything that is wrong today in American politics, he is handed a paper of talking points and roboticly reads them. Yes the founding fathers must be rolling in their graves if this is our future.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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