Both Sen. Kay Hagan’s and challenger Thom Tillis’ campaigns have emailed a steady hum of pleas for money this summer. But the Tillis camp has picked up the pace lately, sounding like it is urgently seeking enough funds to get its TV ads on the air.
“Being clobbered,” “We’re coming up short,” “We could go dark!” and “Overwhelmed” are the attention-grabbing descriptions on the past three days worth of fundraising emails from the Tillis camp. With a looming deadline to pay for political ads quickly approaching, the tone is meant to stir potential contributors to give what they can. No donation too small.
Outside spending on both candidates this year is currently at $42.3 million, with Hagan benefiting from about $23 million in spending and Tillis from about $17 million, according to the campaign finance website Open Secrets.
Tillis is sending out emails saying: “Armed with millions from their liberal super PACs, Hagan and (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid are hell bent on buying this election and protecting their stranglehold on the U.S. Senate.”
When it comes to fundraising by the campaigns themselves, apart from the outside groups, Hagan had raised about $17 million to Tillis’ $5 million as of June 30, federal reports show.
Update: Hagan’s campaign released its third-quarter figures on Tuesday, showing she has raised nearly $5 million more in the past three months. Tillis’ campaign has not yet released third-quarter numbers. The deadline to file is Oct. 15.
Planned Parenthood Votes on Monday rolled out its second ad in the Triangle, as part of a $500,000 TV buy, attacking Tillis on access to abortion and making non-prescription contraceptives available at a higher cost. Planned Parenthood is also conducting a get-out-the-vote campaign. Here’s its ad:
Tillis, meanwhile, is soliciting money to help put ads like this one on the air: