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Super spending for Matheson, Love, more attack ads are on the way



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"I think the truth is stronger than the lies," she said.

The more than $3.4 million in outside spending only counts reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and doesn’t include money spent on "issue oriented" ads from political nonprofits, that often mention the candidates.

At a glance

Outside combatants

Third-party groups are spending heavily to back their favorite candidate in Utah’s close 4th Congressional District race between Rep. Jim Matheson and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love.

Groups supporting Mia Love »

$1,076,721 National Republican Congressional Committee

$269,846 FreedomWorks

$257,933 Center for Individual Freedom

$19,615 Patriot Super PAC

$1,624,115 Total

Groups supporting Jim Matheson »

$795,253 Center Forward

$378,364 House Majority PAC

$362,963 Patriot Majority USA

$202,112 U.S. Chamber of Commerce

$75,000 PAC of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

$7,656 Safari Club International PAC

$1,821,348 Total

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As an example, the American Chemistry Council ran ads in August touting Matheson as a congressmen fighting for Utah jobs. The group paid $30,000 to place the ads and more to create it but hasn’t filed a report with the FEC. Crossroads GPS hit Matheson for what it called "reckless spending" in an ad in late 2011 and hasn’t filed any public disclosure either, considering it "issue oriented."

Also excluded is all of the money the candidates have raised and spent on their own. Those reports are due Monday and are likely to show hundreds of thousands if not $1 million or more in ad spending.

Love isn’t saying whether she has appreciated the outside support from groups like the NRCC, only that she hasn’t coordinated with anyone and is focused on what she can control.

"We have been able to raise quite a bit of money and put out our messaging," she said, noting her campaign has raised $1 million since July 1. "I believe that we’ll do just as well on our own."

mcanham@sltrib.comTwitter: @mattcanham




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