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Why State Lawmakers Are an Opposition Researcher's Dream

Tillis has a record and Democrats know it. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Think being a Washington politician gets a bum rap? It's not so easy being a politician from Phoenix, Springfield, Des Moines, Lincoln or Raleigh, either. Just ask Arizona Speaker Andy Tobin, Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost, Iowa House Rep. Pat Murphy, Nebraska state Sen. Brad Ashford or North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis.

With extensive voting records, state legislators hoping to capture national offices have seen their records used against them in close races, as their opponents use their votes to paint them with the same brush any incumbent is accustomed to.

A $5 Million Check Fuels Super PAC

A Democratic-oriented Super PAC reported today it received $5 million from an individual for use in making independent expenditures in the 2014 elections.  

The Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic-oriented Super PAC, reported it had receipts of $5.7 million from April 17th through April 30th. The major donor was Thomas Steyer , founder of Fahr LLC in San Francisco, California. Steyer gave the $5 million through his NextGen Action Committee. Steyer was also founder of the hedge fund Farallon Capital Management.  

Chamber of Commerce Spends $1.2 Million on Independent Expenditures

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce  reported late this afternoon that it spent $1.2 million Wednesday for independent expenditures for the 2014 elections.  

The Chamber reported it paid $450,000 to Something Else Strategies (SC) on April 30th for television and online advertisements to run from April 30th through May 19th. The ads are independent expenditures opposing Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.  

Super PAC Spends $1 Million Against Thom Tillis

A Democratic-oriented super PAC reported late Friday that it has spent over $1 million against a Republican U.S. Senate candidate.  

The Senate Majority Fund  reported that it spent $1,018,130 against Thom Tillis , R-N.C., in the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina. The Super PAC reported paying $999,000 on 3/26 to Waterfront Strategies (DC) for media buys as independent expenditures opposing Tillis. The PAC also paid $19,130 on 3/26 to SKDKnickerbocker (DC) for media production costs as an independent expenditure against Tillis.