News & Brews August 10, 2022

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Dueling super PACs to dump >$60 million into Pa. Senate race

The Senate Leadership Fund has pledged about $34 million to help Republican Mehmet Oz win Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat, while the Senate Majority PAC is spending $32 million on a TV ad campaign to boost Democrat John Fetterman. The Inquirer reports that the Republican PAC’s $34 million “trails only Georgia in what the GOP’s Leadership Fund has committed to each of seven key races. The others are Arkansas, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina and Wisconsin.” The story continues, “The infusion of national cash shows how critical the race is viewed on both sides of the aisle… It’s also a reflection of how expensive TV time is to buy in Pennsylvania, a huge state with several pricey media markets.”

Mastriano cuts Jan. 6 committee deposition short, says committee violated House rules

GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano ended his deposition with the partisan Jan. 6 committee fewer than 15 minutes into the conversation, after his attorney “declared that committee staffers conducting the session were not in compliance with U.S. House of Representatives rules governing depositions.” The attorney noted the committee never swore in the witness. As the next step, Mastriano “want[s] a federal judge to weigh in on whether this committee is required to follow the rules or not.”

Words matter: Election edition

Why did Philadelphia elections officials create “early voting sites” but then claim these “satellite election offices” were not, in fact, “polling places”? Could it be to avoid poll watchers? Broad & Liberty investigative reporter Todd Shepherd uncovers the story.

Oz & Mastriano react to FBI raid on Trump’s home; Perry’s phone confiscated

Republican statewide candidates Mehmet Oz and Doug Mastriano blasted the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s home, with Oz tweeting, “Americans have every right to be upset & demand answers on why this raid happened…,” and Mastriano saying the justice system is “being used as a hammer to batter political opponents.” Democrats John Fetterman and Josh Shapiro were unusually quiet on the raid, according to PennLive. Meanwhile, GOP Rep. Scott Perry said FBI agents also seized his cell phone yesterday, in a move he called “outrageous.”

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