Special Interests Pouring Cash Into Mass. Race
With health care on the line, spending could top $3M in final days
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2010 12:11 PM CST
Republican candidate Scott Brown.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – Attack ads are flying in the final week of the Massachusetts Senate race, many of them coming from outside special interest groups. The American Future Fund and US Chamber of Commerce have both spent sizable amounts on ads attacking Democrat Martha Coakley, while Americans for Responsible Health Care recently began airing spots attacking Scott Brown. Total spending in the final nine days of the election could approach $3 million, the Boston Globe reports.

That’s a huge sum for Massachusetts, especially for an election that was supposed to be a layup for Democrats, but Brown nationalized the race by promising to be the 41st vote that would kill health care reform. Yesterday, the Democratic Party announced that it would be spending the maximum $880,000 on the race. “It’s a goal-line stand for the Democrats,” says one Amherst political science professor. “They’re scared out of their minds.”