A super PAC funded by prominent GOP mega-donors is waging an aggressive last-minute effort to stretch the Senate map.
Ending Spending Action Fund, which is funded by the Adelson and Ricketts families, is launching a $1 million advertising campaign to boost Republican John James, an underdog Senate candidate in Michigan.
The super PAC will begin running an advertisement on Thursday that portrays James, an Iraq war veteran and businessman, as a change agent while assailing his Democratic opponent, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, as a figure of the past.
“After 40 years, Debbie Stabenow has been in office longer than John James has been alive,” the TV spot says.
The commercial will run through Election Day.
Independent polling has consistently shown Stabenow with a substantial lead. But strategists with the super PAC insist the race is much closer and say they want to mount a final effort to put James over the top.
This midterm cycle, Ending Spending Action Fund has received a total of $2 million from Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino mogul, and his wife Miriam. The group has also received $1 million from Marlene Ricketts, who is married to TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.