Conservative SuperPAC back in Walsh-Duckworth race
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:14PM
A SuperPAC that has been in and out of the hotly contested 8th Congressional District race says it is back in to support Joe Walsh with a $1 million boost just six days before the election.
The Now or Never SuperPAC tells the Chicago Sun-Times it is investing another $1 million.
That’s still short of the $2.5 million it had promised earlier in the month. The group last week announced Walsh was so far ahead of Tammy Duckworth, its money was better spent elsewhere.
“Duckworth wants the voters to ignore her own legal problems and mismanagement while she attempts to paint Congressman Walsh as a man he is not,” said Tyler Harber, spokesman for Now or Never PAC.
The pledge of new cash comes after another SuperPAC dumped money into the race to boost Walsh. Freedomworks for America reported a $1,744,245 media buy opposing Duckworth on Tuesday.
The Duckworth campaign critized the re-emergence of the Now or Never PAC, saying it is yet more evidence Walsh is being bankrolled by the “extreme fringe” of the GOP.
“Now or Never’s additional $1 million buy brings total outside spending for extremist Joe Walsh to nearly $6 million. Tammy Duckworth is being outspent by more than a 12 to 1 margin — and it’s from far right-organizations that are on the extreme fringe,” Duckworth spokesman Anton Becker said.
“The anonymous, unlimited contributions that are being poured into this race dilutes our democracy. It is a tragedy for working Americans that millionaires and billionaires are able to flood the airwaves with lies in order to drown out the voice of the American voter,” he said.
Contributing: Lynn Sweet