Environmental group ramps up spending on Markey
BOSTON (AP) -- A national environmental advocacy group is making good on its pledge to spend heavily to help elect Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Edward Markey.
Federal Election Commission reports show the League of Conservation Voters has already spent $328,000 to back Markey. The bulk of that money, nearly $236,000, has gone to field campaign consulting.
The group has pledged to spend $650,000 and knock on the doors of more than 200,000 likely Democratic voters before the April 30 primary.
The International Association of Firefighters, which backs Markey's Democratic rival Stephen Lynch, has reported spending more than $30,000 in independent expenditures.
Nearly $405,000 has been spent on the race by outside groups so far.
Lynch and Markey have signed a pledge aimed at blocking radio, television and internet ads and political mailing from outside groups.