Outside groups sling mud at Cain, Poliquin

Political action committees trying to sway second district voters have spent the vast majority of their cash on attack ads seeking to take down either Democratic Congressional hopeful Emily Cain or Republican Bruce Poliquin.

That is, $9 of every $10 that PACs directed at Cain were attack ads; and about $9.60 of every $10 that PACs directed at Poliquin were negative.

The picture of independent spending through Oct. 14 complements the latest batch of reports on the finances of each candidate’s campaign, updated by a midnight deadline and covering up through Sept. 30.

Those reports show spending and fundraising in the hotly contested second district race dwarfs activity in the 1st district, where incumbent Chellie Pingree has little to worry about.

It also shows PAC spending in the 2nd District is dominated by five groups, including the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has pledged $1.5 million in television ads for Poliquin.

With the release of the latest campaign finance report, I put together a high-level overview of the candidate’s cash position as of Sept. 30. More detailed information about what candidates spent their money on and the makeup of specific contributors will come with digital submissions from the candidates.

And reports due by the campaigns late next week will detail their cash position up through Oct. 15.

Darren Fishell

About Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.