Sen. Barbara Boxer made amends for dashing away without answering questions on Thursday, by calling The Swarm today with a message for all the anonymous donors who are funding the $12 million-plus on ads bashing her:
"Come out, come out," Boxer said in a telephone interview today.
The bulk of the anti-Boxer ads are being aired the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is under no requirement to disclose donors paying for the commercials.
Several other groups also are airing anonymously funded ads attacking Boxer and, by extension, helping Republican challenger Carly Fiorina. A new Field Poll shows Boxer ahead but not by a wide margin.
Here's what Boxer had to say about the motivation behind the ads:
"The special interests want me out and they've always wanted me out. The polluters? I'm their biggest nightmare.
"They don't want me there. They want people they can control."
A U.S. Supreme Court decision in January permits unions and corporations to spend unlimited sums to fund independent campaign efforts, as Loyola Law School Professor Richard L. Hasen in noted in this Slate article.
Corporations are taking the opportunity to bash Boxer.
"This is the first time they can use all this corporate money against me. They're thrilled that they can attack me without being identified. They should step out and be courageous and identify themselves to me and to the American people."
That's not likely to happen any time soon, as we will explain in more detail in Sunday's Forum.