Democratic dark money coming to NC

Posted February 7, 2014
Updated February 8, 2014

— More money will be coming into the U.S. Senate race next week, this time on behalf of Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. 

Hagan, a first term incumbent facing re-election this year, has been pilloried by some $7 million in ads by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group that has been critical of her vote in support of the Affordable Care Act.

As first reported by Politico, Patriot Majority USA is about to counter with ads on behalf of Hagan. Ty Mastdorf, a spokesman for the group, confirmed they would spend $500,000 on ads backing Hagan, starting next week. 

Patriot Majority is a 501(c)4 group, the same sort of organization as Americans for Prosperity. These type of social welfare nonprofits can shield their donors from public disclosure. In theory, less than half of their work must be political, but those rules are poorly defined

This will not be the first time an outside spender has come into the state on Hagan's behalf. Senate Majority PAC aired an ad in December attacking state House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is leading the GOP field vying for the chance to take on Hagan. Still, AFP's spending alone is at least seven times what Democratic allies say they are putting into the race thus far.


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  • caronia49 Feb 10, 2014

    Haga has been a miserable Senator. Hagan does not now or has had eve a good idea for the people she represents. Hagan is a puppet for Obama and Reid, forget what the people who elected her want. November, she will be in the unemployed line.....

  • littleriver69 Feb 10, 2014

    This obama puppet will be voted out by a landslide margine.

  • jet Feb 8, 2014

    Really looking forward to the next election and the NC state back in control of the democrats again.

  • BigBrokeBill Feb 8, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Isn't that always the argument of people who have nothing to argue with? Just what has Senator Hagan done about jobs and budget spending (should be going down, not up in a down economy)? Trying to distance herself from the author of the affordable fleecing act is not going to work.

  • glarg Feb 8, 2014

    "Ya'll could just ignore this website, like we ignore FOX. Hello?"

    So you will only feel safe when you have your own version of the news where none of the Progressive spin is challenged? Sorry, not happening.

  • livinggood2 Feb 8, 2014

    Kay Hagen voted for the ACA which has taken Down America. We will not forget.

  • marty121010 Feb 8, 2014

    No amount of Democratic "dark money" can compare with the load$ of Republican dark money that bought the Republican governor and legislature.

  • jimferguson1960 Feb 8, 2014

    That's really weird, because Kay Hagan was on MSNBC YESTERDAY denouncing the outside money coming into the state for her opponents. And today, SHAZAM!, outside money coming in for her campaign. I understand that a lot can happen in 24 hours, but this is ridiculous.

  • ckblackm Feb 8, 2014

    Conservatives send 7 million in dark money, dem's send 1/2 million... and the dems get the headline. Nice.

  • flyfish42 Feb 7, 2014

    Democratic "dark money"??? What about all of the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity (hah) money on the GOP side. What a biased headline!! WRAL should be ashamed.