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Environmental group continues anti-Tillis campaign

A national environmental group on Wednesday kicked off a TV ad, voter outreach, mail and digital campaign against Thom Tills in his campaign for U.S. Senate.

The League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund says the effort adds up to $4.2 million. That includes $400,000 for two TV ads in the Triad, one on coal ash clean-up costs and the other more broadly attacking Tillis on his environmental record.

The super PAC is also planning to spend $2.2 million to encourage likely Hagan voters to turn out, and $1.6 million on mail and online messaging. The committee says it is spending $25 million this cycle on state and national candidates.

“Republican Senate nominee Thom Tillis would leave North Carolinians vulnerable to harmful pollution from coal ash ponds, power plants and other sources of contamination,” Daniel J. Weiss of the group said in a statement. “We’re making sure that voters know about Thom Tillis’ support for polluters’ profits over public health.”

Daniel Keylin, a spokesman for the Tillis campaign, had this to say:

“It’s no surprise that a far-left special interest group that supports a radical cap and trade tax and opposes the Keystone XL pipeline is spending millions of dollars to falsely attack Thom to keep their rubber-stamp Kay Hagan in the U.S. Senate. It's ironic that this far-left group is attacking Thom for helping pass an unprecedented bipartisan coal ash regulatory bill that is the toughest in the nation.”

Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to defeat or elect candidates, so long as they don’t coordinate with the candidates’ campaigns.