Outside groups spent $1.5M on Senate race
SALT LAKE CITY | Political action committees and nonprofit groups are spending more than $1.5 million on the U.S. Senate race in Utah.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the money was spent in the weeks leading up to the Republican caucus meetings earlier this month.
Freedomworks spent nearly $650,000 on mailers and delegate recruitment, the largest amount of any group outside of campaigns. The group affiliated with the tea party is opposing Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch but is not endorsing any candidates.
Five groups supporting Mr. Hatch spent nearly $900,000 combined, with Freedom Path accounting for $571,000 of those expenditures.
Freedom Path is supporting Mr. Hatch because of his sponsorship of a balanced-budget amendment. The group has run ads critical of two challengers to Mr. Hatch, former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist and state Rep. Chris Herrod.