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Mayday PAC will back Rep. Carol Shea-Porter for her campaign finance reform stance

The Mayday PAC, a super PAC created to get big money out of politics, announced it will jump into a second New Hampshire race.

The Mayday group said yesterday it will back U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat, in her re-election bid against Republican Frank Guinta because she has co-sponsored bills that aim to reform campaign finance practices. Guinta faces a Republican primary against candidate Dan Innis.

Shea-Porter “is a strong committed person on the record in this issue. We want to make sure she wins,” said a spokesperson for the PAC, who wasn’t sure how much the group would spend on the race.

Shea-Porter has co-sponsored the Fair Elections Now Act and the Government By the People Act, which the spokesperson said would create a better system for the public financed campaigns. The Shea-Porter campaign declined to comment.

In July, the Mayday PAC announced it would spend roughly $2 million to support Republican Jim Rubens, who is facing Scott Brown and Bob Smith in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

“All of our candidates are leaders on reform and, when elected to Congress, they will help us reach our goal of electing a Congress to pass fundamental reform of the way elections are funded by 2016,” said Lawrence Lessig, in a release. Lessig co-founded the bipartisan PAC earlier this year with Republican strategist Mark McKinnon.

Yesterday, the PAC released its first two radio ads for Rubens.

“It takes real courage to be a Republican standing up to big money in Washington,” said one ad called “Mayday Intro.” “Lead us New Hampshire, vote for Jim Rubens and show D.C. that the Republican base wants to end this corruption, too.”

The Mayday PAC has announced it will support three candidates in addition to the two in New Hampshire: a North Carolina Republican congressional candidate, an Arizona Democrat running for Congress and an Iowa Democratic congressional candidate.

The PAC originally said it would back five candidates, but now has said it will support eight after the group drew in higher than expected fundraising numbers.

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or at amorris@cmonitor.com.)

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