BOSTON (AP) — Outside groups have poured more than $4.5 million into the hotly contested congressional race between incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission records.
The independent expenditures total more than the combined amount of campaign cash raised by the 6th District candidates themselves. The race is the most expensive U.S. House race in New England and ranks among the top ten nationally in terms of spending by outside groups.
In Massachusetts, all but a tiny fraction of independent expenditures in U.S. House races have been directed at the 6th District. Republicans have targeted Tierney, a Salem Democrat who is seeking an eighth term, as the most vulnerable of the incumbent Democratic House members seeking re-election in Massachusetts.
Tierney’s wife, Patrice, was convicted last year of filing false tax returns for one of her two brothers accused of running an illegal offshore gambling ring. Tierney himself has not been accused of wrongdoing and has criticized Tisei for TV ads that raised the controversy involving the congressman’s family.
Tisei, an openly gay former state senator and 2010 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, has been the beneficiary of about three-quarters of the spending by outside groups in the campaign, according to the FEC records.
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