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Nan Hayworth and Sean Patrick Maloney seek more funds to fuel TV ad wars
As the nationally watched matchup between incumbent U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth and Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney heads into the final stretch ahead of the Nov. 6 election, both campaigns are making a desperate appeal to supporters for financial contributions to fund their no-holds-barred TV ad war.
On Wednesday, Maloney's campaign sent a letter to supporters asking them to help raise another $30,000 by Friday night, warning that the campaign wouldn't be able to keep the ads attacking Hayworth's Tea Party backing running through the weekend unless they get a fresh infusion of cash.
"We all know that's not an option," the letter said. "We can't afford to let Karl Rove's lies go uncontested -- and if they have the airwaves to themselves, we will lose."
In a letter to supporters on Wednesday, the Hayworth campaign asked for contributions from $25 to $100 to counter Maloney's ads, saying "George Soros and his son are flooding mailboxes with ugly pieces that accuse Nan -- a doctor! -- of trying to destroy Medicare."
"The Democratic Establishment is driving busloads of paid workers from New York City to knock on Hudson Valley doors," the letter said. "And the nasty mail from the Soros Empire with its enormous resources, will inevitably take a toll."
Hayworth's ads have attacked Maloney as a "carpetbagger" who only moved from the Hudson Valley from NYC to run for the congressional seat, among other claims.
Besides a flood of outside money from Democratic and Republican Super PACs, both campaigns have been raising big money in the high-stakes congressional race, one of several fronts in the battle over control of the GOP-led House of Representatives.
Hayworth has raised $2.73 million as of Sept. 30, including $585,197 in the most recent quarter, Federal Election Commission filings show. She has spent more than $2 million to date, leaving her with $785,487 cash on hand. Maloney's campaign has raised nearly $1.6 million as of Sept. 30, including $928,000 in the most recent quarter. He has spent $725,977 to date, leaving his campaign war chest with $854,536 cash-on-hand.