Arlen Specter has a special, bipartisan talent for getting people to spend money on him


The Hotline’s Reid Wilson reports that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is moving in to bail out Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who is looking more and more vulnerable ahead of the May 18 Democratic primary.

The DSCC is spending a significant amount of money to ensure a former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) wins his May 18 primary, sources with knowledge of the move tell Hotline OnCall.

One source said the DSCC is using coordinated funds to help Specter keep a robust TV presence. Ads that tout Specter’s candidacy now say they are paid for by the DSCC; last week, the disclaimers on the same ads indicated Specter’s campaign had paid for them.

All told, Specter and the DSCC spent about $407K on the joint ad buy last week. A second source said the DSCC’s contribution is about three-quarters of that amount, or around $300K.

Specter has spent the last few weeks, and last weekend’s debate, trashing Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., for being removed from a naval post because he had created a “poor command climate.”

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