Oh Brother. Air Claire McCaskill attacked out of state donors in her latest ad running in Missouri.
But, of course, it’s OK for Claire to accept out of state donations. In fact a majority of her donations come from non-Missouri residents.
The News Leader reported:
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has been bombarded by ads from out-of-state interest groups, is relying heavily on money from donors outside of Missouri to help finance her re-election campaign.
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Non-Missouri residents contributed about 60 percent of the $3.7 million McCaskill raised from individuals who gave at least $200 to her campaign since 2007, according to an analysis of campaign finance data by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/GQaISf ). That’s a bigger percentage of out-of-state money than most of the other 22 U.S. senators facing re-election this year. Together, 48 percent of their donations of $200 of more came from outside their home states.
The analysis, reported Monday by the newspaper, used donations as of Dec. 31 and excluded donations of less than $200, which are not included in the Federal Election Commission’s database.
McCaskill, a Democrat, already has been targeted with advertisements by national groups such as Crossroads GPS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Crossroads GPS, a Washington-based group founded by political strategist Karl Rove that spends money to help elect Republicans, has labeled McCaskill as one of its top targets for the 2012 election. It spent more than $1.5 million on advertisements against McCaskill last year, said Nate Hodson, a spokesman for the group.