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US Chamber Airs Anti-King TV Ads in Maine
07/26/2012 02:46 PM ET  

The 30-second ad portrays King as a free-spending liberal, calling him the "king of spending," while Maine's former governor says the ads are negative attacks by outside money "trying to influence Maine voters."

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has begun airing TV ads in Maine taking on independent Senate candidate Angus King.

The 30-second ad portrays King as a free-spending liberal during his years as Maine's governor, calling him the "king of spending.'' The ad says government spending skyrocketed under King, and that he left the state with a billion-dollar shortfall when he left office.

King is running against Republican Charlie Summers and Democrat Cynthia Dill in November's election. The chamber, based in Washington, is endorsing Summers.

The King campaign says the ads are nothing more than negative attack ads funded by "nameless, faceless outside money trying to influence Maine voters.''

The campaign says the ads represent a case of "Washington politicos trying to tell people in Maine how to vote.''



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