Arlen Specter has a special, bipartisan talent for getting people to spend money on him 

The Hotline’s Reid Wilson reports that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is moving in to bail out Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who is looking more and more vulnerable ahead of the May 18 Democratic primary.

The DSCC is spending a significant amount of money to ensure a former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) wins his May 18 primary, sources with knowledge of the move tell Hotline OnCall.

One source said the DSCC is using coordinated funds to help Specter keep a robust TV presence. Ads that tout Specter’s candidacy now say they are paid for by the DSCC; last week, the disclaimers on the same ads indicated Specter’s campaign had paid for them.

All told, Specter and the DSCC spent about $407K on the joint ad buy last week. A second source said the DSCC’s contribution is about three-quarters of that amount, or around $300K.

Specter has spent the last few weeks, and last weekend’s debate, trashing Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., for being removed from a naval post because he had created a “poor command climate.”

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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