When Democrats consider their odds for regaining the Senate this November, one of the first states that comes to mind is Pennsylvania, where first-term Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, is locked in a rematch with former Democratic Sen. Joe Sestak, who lost to Toomey in 2010.
But for a race with such high stakes, it seems, at first glance, to have drawn little interest from outside groups, which have reported spending only about $500,000 to sway the state’s voters so far, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Nearly all of that spending has come from one source:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(6) trade association that doesn’t have to disclose its donors. Kicking its effort off in early July last year, the Chamber said it wanted to show its support for Toomey “before the presidential sweepstakes really takes off in August.”
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