State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin has been touting his recent endorsement by the conservative FreedomWorks PAC in the weeks leading up to tomorrow’s primary vote.
Over the past week, it’s become clear what that endorsement means for the Poliquin campaign: FreedomWorks has spent more than $30,000 on Poliquin’s behalf since June 4. According to the Federal Election Commission, that money has gone toward online ads for the candidate, door hangers and calls to voters on Poliquin’s behalf.
Of course, since the FreedomWorks money is an independent expenditure, the conservative committee and Poliquin’s campaign have not been allowed to coordinate efforts.
The FreedomWorks website says the organization takes on “the political establishment in both parties” and supports candidates who are “consistent voices for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.” Indeed, the political action committee recently was active in Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s primary upset of six-term incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana (is it a coincidence that both Poliquin and Mourdock are state treasurers?) and is spending money to oppose incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in his primary fight against former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist.
The FreedomWorks expenditures marks the largest independent expenditures yet in the campaign for the Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe. The only other group so far to make an independent expenditure in the Senate race is icPurple Inc., which spent nearly $24,000 on online video production costs on behalf of independent former Gov. Angus King.