Democrats Eye Super PACs in State Races

Shell-shocked by the dominance of Republican-controlled state legislatures, Democrats in Washington are fighting back with something they once deplored: super PACs.
September 23, 2013

Shell-shocked by the dominance of Republican-controlled state legislatures, Democrats in Washington are fighting back with something they once deplored: super PACs.

The Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security, a Washington super PAC, is setting its sights on New Jersey, making the state a new frontier in the high-dollar, sharp-edged campaign finance wars that have roiled the political landscape since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.

With Gov. Chris Christie skating to reelection, the Democratic group is pouring big bucks into neck-and-neck races for the state Senate and Assembly, hoping to deny the Republican governor a GOP-led Legislature to push through his agenda ahead of an expected 2016 presidential run.

The effort in this November’s Garden State elections could serve as a model for outside groups to dedicate huge resources to usually low-key state races to help their respective parties change the partisan makeup of legislatures across the country.

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