Out­side groups spent $1.5M on Se­nate race

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

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.

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