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October 28, 2022

Politico: GOP PAC floats NH Senate candidate with last-minute funding

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Sentinel Action Fund, a super PAC associated with the conservative advocacy organization Heritage Action for America, confirmed the new $1 million ad buy exclusively with POLITICO. A spokesperson for the group said the ad — a negative spot against Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan — is set to hit airwaves on Wednesday, and Sentinel may add to its buy.

Jessica Anderson, president of the super PAC, called the Army brigadier general a “political outsider” whose vote was needed to reverse Democratic economic policies. The group endorsed Bolduc earlier this month, and prior to the Senate primary spent $300,000 on a July ad attacking Hassan on gas prices.

“General Don Bolduc will be the senator New Hampshirites need in Washington,” Anderson said in a statement to POLITICO. “His campaign is showing tremendous momentum in the Granite State, and it is time for the whole of the conservative movement to come together and support his bid to unseat Sen. Hassan.”

Sentinel Action Fund’s venture into New Hampshire mirrors its involvement in Arizona. In both cases, the new super PAC sought to fill a void left by SLF’s departure. In the case of Arizona, Republican Blake Masters began catching up with Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly after Sentinel Action Fund and a series of other GOP outside spending groups rushed in to buy up advertising time that SLF had canceled.

SLF’s announcement last week to cancel its remaining investment in New Hampshire came two days after Bolduc reiterated he would still not support McConnell as Senate majority leader, a position he held during the primary.

The NRSC, which canceled millions of dollars in scheduled advertisements in New Hampshire earlier this month, citing SLF’s presence in the state, this week said it would put $1 million back in. Other GOP super PACs, including Our American Century and Restoration PAC, have placed buys in the last week totaling $1 million.

A field operation funded by Sentinel Action Fund has knocked more than 32,000 doors in New Hampshire this month, according to the organization. The $600,000 door-knocking operation was also designed to boost GOP congressional candidates Karoline Leavitt and Robert Burns.