While searching through the most recent FEC records, I just came across what has to be the weirdest independent expenditure reported to the FEC this year: a $93,000 radio ad buy against an obscure third-party House candidate in Colorado (CO-4) named Doug Aden. You don’t see that kind of big radio buy very often in a House race, so that’s the first sign that something’s up.
Luckily, we have some good local news coverage of what’s going on. The group that bought the ad, as it turns out, shares a Washington, D.C. office with “Steve Rosenthal, a longtime labor movement and Democratic strategist and former political director of the AFL-CIO.”
As The Coloradoan notes, the ad “against” Aden appears to be designed to get conservative voters to support him — presumably to draw conservatives’ votes away from the Republican nominee, Cory Gardner, who has Rep. Betsy Markey, D, on the ropes. Among the ad’s gems:
“Doug Aden wants to take away congressional pensions, which will make it harder for people who want to serve in Congress as a career.”
Now that’s funny.
The labor-backed group that’s running the ad, “Our Community Votes,” is one of these 501 c (4) groups that doesn’t have to reveal its donors. Next time you hear complaints about the handful of conservative groups employing this strategy, I hope that this story brings a smile to your face.