Michael Levine reports for Capitol Watch:
VoteVets has announced it’s buying $100,000 more airtime to promote Tulsi Gabbard’s candidacy for Congress, bringing its total spend in the race up to $220,000.
Here’s the ad, in case you haven’t seen it on television already:
When VoteVets first went up with the spot, Civil Beat noted that the lack of transparency about its funding sources clouded the endorsement. Much of the money, apparently, comes from environmental groups and not from veterans.
Regardless, the spots might be part of the explanation for how Gabbard raised her name recognition so dramatically in the last few months to close what had been a 45-point deficit into a dead heat with Mufi Hannemann. Will two more weeks of airtime push her into the lead?
— Michael Levine