Group plans $1.5 million ad onslaught against Spitzer

A coalition of business leaders and women's groups will target Spitzer's run for NYC comptroller

By Associated Press
Published July 30, 2013 1:03PM (EDT)

NEW YORK (AP) — Business leaders, women's groups and labor unions are joining forces in an effort to convince voters that Eliot Spitzer would be a poor choice for New York City comptroller.

The New York Times ( ) says the coalition plans to spend about $1.5 million on ads, direct mail and field work to get the word out. The groups are forming two "super PACS" that will allow them to accept contributions of any size.

Their campaign begins Tuesday with a radio ad encouraging Latino voters to support Spitzer's Democratic primary opponent Scott Stringer.

Spitzer, the former governor who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, has been leading Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, in recent polls.

Spokesman Hari Sevugan says Spitzer wasn't surprised that "some of the same moneyed interests he challenged" were attempting to "prop up his opponent."


Information from: The New York Times,

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