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UPDATED 4th C.D.: Super PAC attacks Rice in $450,000, er, $50,000 ad

Fourth Congressional District candidate Kathleen Rice stands with

Fourth Congressional District candidate Kathleen Rice stands with opponent Bruce Blakeman during their debate at News 12's studio in Woodbury, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Credit: Steve Pfost

UPDATE: Oops, make that a $45,000 ad attack on Democrat Kathleen Rice, according to an amendment filed with the Federal Election Commission Monday afternoon by the Independent Majority Group. And tack on another $5,000, the group said in a second filing with the FEC Monday.

"I wanted to let you know that the spend is actually $45,000, not $450,000. It was a scrivener's error that was corrected in filings submitted today," said Nick Collins, who identified himself as the treasurer of the super PAC, in an email to me Monday.


In the 4th Congressional District race, Democrat Kathleen Rice is being blasted by a last minute $450,000 ad blitz -- planned for, apparently, in July -- by a super PAC calling itself the Independent Majority Group.

That ad and mail and phone calls by two other super PACs are the first independent expenditures, coming just days before the Nov. 4 election, in the race between Rice, the Nassau County district attorney, and Republican businessman and lawyer Bruce Blakeman. They are seeking to replace retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).

The new ad accuses Rice of having “bad judgment” for appearing on the same podium at a fundraiser as a radical imam who was an unindicted conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing -- even though Rice said she withdrew from the event when she learned he would be there.

The ad also ties Rice’s “bad judgment” to supporting President Barack Obama.

The Independent Majority Group was formed in July, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission, but lists only Nick Connors of Lynnfield, Mass., as its treasurers. The group has made no other expenditures and has not filed any reports of its funders. Connors did not return a phone call.

Rice also is being targeted by mailings costing $6,130 by the super PAC New York 2014, run by John Faso, the 2006 Republican candidate for governor. Funders of that group include Robert Mercer of Renaissance Technologies in East Setauket and Paul Singer of Elliott Management in New York, who each kicked in $100,000.

But Rice is getting a late boost from $25,000 in phone calls paid for by the House Majority PAC, a super PAC created to help Democrats in U.S. House races.

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