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January 27, 2010
Barbara Boxer expects a fight after Massachusetts vote

Barbara Boxer is sounding worried and American Future Fund is feeling its oats.

The Iowa-based nonprofit, with the high-powered Washington consultants, is being credited by the Boston Globe and others with being the first independent campaign committee to jump into the Massachusetts senate race on behalf of the winner, Republican Scott Brown.

But rather than simply bask in its win, the group took out print ads getting into the faces of Democrats, essentially warning that will lose their seats if they continue supporting President Obama's economic policy.

The ad said:


"Liberals are risking their careers by supporting a big government health care plan that the country can't afford, and that polls show the American people don't want. ... Are You Willing to Sacrifice Your Career for Obama?"

The ad likely won't have much impact on Democrats. But as Chris Cilliza wrote in Washington Post's The Fix, Barbara Boxer says: "Every state is now in play."


Sandra Greiner, president of American Future Fund, told The Swarm that she is not sure Boxer is vulnerable. But Greiner, the focus of a column today in The Bee, is particularly concerned about legislation to create a cap-and-trade system to control greenhouse gases. Boxer is pushing that bill.


"We do have a tremendous interest and concern about cap and trade. If that moves forward, so will I," Greiner said.


Who knows whether American Future Fund will play in California. But if it does, we can expect ads like this and like this.


Greiner said in a phone interview that the group's Internet fund-raising has taken off since word spread of its role in the Massachusetts race. Her group is an upstart, having been created only two years ago. But it has shown an ability to raise money, generating $7.5 million in its first year, 2008, its publicly available tax return shows.


--Dan Morain


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