, Salem, MA


September 21, 2012

Attack of the TV ads


“There are a lot of people interested, and a lot of outside money will be coming in on both sides. In a perfect world that would not happen.”

The candidates tried this spring to negotiate a plan similar to what Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren agreed to in the U.S. Senate race — effectively barring outside money — but no agreement was reached.

Using outside money

According to, about $820,000 in outside money has been spent in the campaign, all but $10 on Tisei’s behalf. However, according to Tisei, a super PAC associated with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has spent $450,000 on an ad that will begin airing in the district next week. Tisei also said he believes the Democratic National Committee has spent $3.2 million on television advertising that will run during the last weeks of the campaign.

Neither of those ad buys has been reported yet on the Federal Communications Commissions website and could not be independently verified.

Tierney’s campaign defended its decision to attack Tisei and criticized the Republican for allowing a third party to influence the election.

“Voters deserve to know what Mr. Tisei really stands for, and his own words show just how deeply he is in line with the tea party agenda of the Republican Party,” said Grant Herring, a Tierney spokesman.

“Mr. Tisei should be ashamed of himself for letting Paul Ryan’s super PAC do his dirty work. Tisei had the opportunity to sign the People’s Pledge to keep these shadowy groups out of the race, but rejected it and got a right-wing bailout.”

To date, the Tisei campaign has run three ads on television, all of which generally focus on Tisei. The third, which began appearing this week, is his first campaign-financed ad that mentions Tierney.

“We all learned that scandal-plagued Congressman John Tierney cannot be trusted. Now he’s lying about Richard Tisei,” the narrator says in the ad’s opening line, before quickly pivoting into an ad about Tisei’s independent streak as a lawmaker.

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