By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
The votes are in, and a progressive political action committee has decided to throw its weight, and money, behind a Connecticut congressman, rather than Bob Kerrey.
The Progressives United PAC, launched by former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, recently asked supporters to choose from five “strong campaigns” nationwide to help it decide where to target funding. They chose U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, who’s running for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut. Kerrey was among the five choices.
Feingold was ousted from his seat after conservative groups spent millions supporting his opponent, and he’s now devoted to fighting the influence of corporate money in politics.
Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor and senator, is running against Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer, a Valentine rancher.
However, Kerrey is getting another boost from a superPAC that has been hammering Fischer in TV and radio ads. The Fischer campaign says End the Gridlock made a two-week, $250,000 media buy for ads attacking Fischer as a tax-hiking “welfare rancher.” That’s in addition to the half million the superPAC has already spent.
While Kerrey has spoken out against superPACs, End the Gridlock’s treasurer was his spokesman when he was chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and one of its big donors, Sidney Kimmel, hired Kerrey as a consultant last year.