US Rep. Edward J. Markey to benefit from heavy spending by national Democrats

National Democrats are rallying behind Massachusetts US Senate nominee Edward. J Markey, with two Washington, D.C., groups preparing to spend a total of more than $1 million, according to published reports.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which bestowed its blessing on Markey early in the Democratic primary, will shell out about $750,000 in advertising, according to The Washington Post. A DSCC official said the ad would begin airing on Friday.

Senate Majority PAC is “planning a major statewide buy,” it announced today. National Journal reported the super PAC would spend “at least $500,000.”

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The national money comes as Markey has stepped up efforts to tie Republican nominee Gabriel E. Gomez to conservative GOP figures unpopular in Massachusetts.

Gomez’s campaign has bought roughly $800,000 in television airtime, paid for in part by the state Republican Party, according to campaign officials.

At the end of April, the state party had roughly $361,000 on hand, according to Federal Election Commission filings. National parties can contribute to state parties and local campaigns, who are permitted spend the money as their own.

Gomez held a Boston fund-raiser last month, headlined by Senator John McCain of Arizona, with proceeds going to a joint committee set up by the Gomez campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The special election is June 25.

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