The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is purchasing $600,000 worth of ads in South Dakota. KDLT, a local television station, has the story under the headline "Outside Ads":
The South Dakota Senate Campaign could get even nastier, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans to start advertising tomorrow.
You might remember, Senator Tom Daschle had asked all outside groups to stay out of South Dakota, which includes the DSCC.
So far they have.
Jake Maas, with the Daschle Campaign, says this is the first he's heard of the DSCC's ads, due to campaign finance laws, candidates aren't allowed to coordinate with outside groups.
He plans to reserve comment until he's seen the ads.
The DSCC ads will start airing tomorrow, for the next seven days.
The statement from Jake Maas about candidates not being allowed to coordinate with outside groups is particularly rich, because Daschle himself said only last month that he is "directly responsible" for the DSCC:
Daschle disputes that candidates have so little influence over their own supporters. He said his own campaign proves just the opposite.
"Not one group has come in on my behalf," Daschle said. "In fact, three outside groups that ran ads in 2002 have specifically stated they'll respect my request - the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. We are directly responsible for these groups.
(Emphasis added.) Daschle made the issue of third party ads the centerpiece of his campaign, and to reverse course now, when it suits his interests, underscores how lame and deeply cynical Daschle and his campaign truly are.