The organization’s political action committee is among three advocacy groups and two national political party organizations that are putting late money into what’s become an unexpectedly close race in a traditionally Republican district in western New York ahead of the May 24 election.
Much of the money is financing television ads, with a $250,000 media buy by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that began Friday, and a $400,000 commitment by the Republican National Congressional Committee for ads scheduled to begin Monday. The district is in the Rochester and Buffalo media markets.
The DCCC previously spent $150,000 on other campaign costs.
The three outside advocacy groups filed reports with the Federal Election Commission this week reporting their entry into the campaign.
The National Right to Life Committee’s PAC is spending $6,125 on a mailing supporting Corwin because she opposes federal funding for abortions and funding for Planned Parenthood, and she backs parental notification laws.
“I think for her it’s a personal decision,” Corwin campaign spokesman Matt Harakal said. “She’s spoken at length about this. She’s been very clear.”
Her two major opponents, Democrat Kathy Hochul and Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, favor abortion rights without similar restrictions, according to the National Right to Life Committee.
The committee backs Corwin because she “is the only candidate who consistently opposes using taxpayer funds to pay for abortion,” spokesman Derrick Jones said in an email. The group said Corwin also opposes “the pro-abortion, pro-rationing Obama health care law and will vote to repeal it.”
Service Employees International Union’s Local 1199 reported spending $59,750 for canvassing in support of Hochul.
American Crossroads, a conservative advocacy group, is spending $350,000 on television and Internet ads opposing Davis. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan heads the group, and former presidential political strategist Karl Rove is an advisor.
The group may spend even more, according to spokesman Jonathan Collegio, depending on how Davis’ candidacy fares in response to a video showing a Corwin staffer confronting Davis on the campaign trail.
Corwin’s supporters say the video shows a Davis staffer pushing away a video camera held by Michael Mallia, who works on Corwin’s state Assembly staff.
Davis’s campaign spokesman, Curtis Ellis, says the brief video clip doesn’t show physical contact and doesn’t include the verbal abuse Davis was subjected to just prior to the incident.
Davis, who has ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the past as a Democrat, is seen by Republicans and Democrats as a spoiler who could help Hochul win the special election.