A political committee linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it’s funding ads designed to meddle in next month’s North Carolina Democratic Senate primary. New campaign finance documents show the Senate Leadership Fund provided nearly $3 million to the Faith and Power PAC, which is running commercials backing Senate candidate Erica Smith.
The ads appear to attempt to boost Smith’s fortunes at the expense of Cal Cunningham, who has support from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The president of the Senate Leadership Fund says it’s doing what Democrats did to Republican incumbent Thom Tillis in his primary six years ago. Democrats have blasted the PAC’s interference.