A super-PAC run by top Democratic consultants has launched to help former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) win his Senate race against former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.).
The news comes just days after Allen, also a former Virginia governor, got a super-PAC of his own, and immediately following a dust-up between the two candidates in which Kaine asked Allen to agree to a ban on groups that don’t disclose their donors, a suggestion Allen immediately rejected.
But Mark Longabaugh, a spokesman for the New Virginia PAC, said the group has been planning for months to get involved in the race.
“We hope to be very active,” Longabaugh told The Hill. “The purpose of the PAC is to give Tim Kaine as much support as we can draw up.”
He said the group will disclose all of its donors, as super-PACs are required to do under the law (only outside “charitable” groups can spend undisclosed donations). The group’s aim is to spend $2 million to $3 million on the race — the same amount Independence Virginia, the pro-Allen super-PAC, is hoping to spend.
Longabaugh is a veteran of numerous campaigns. He’ll be joined by Steve Bouchard and Harmony Knutson, two former aides for Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). All three live in Virginia, which Longabaugh said made the race a high priority.
The race was already on pace to be one of the most expensive in the country: Kaine has had huge fundraising numbers and has been the target of outside groups including American Crossroads. The two new super-PACs will likely up the ante on the race.