UPDATE: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce expects to spend well over $20 million this year to help elect pro-business candidates to Congress, according to spokesperson J.P. Fielder. He says that besides the North Carolina and Minnesota Senate races, the Chamber is supporting Republicans Bob Schaffer in Colorado, Steve Pearce in New Mexico, Roger Wicker in Mississippi, Susan Collins in Maine, as well as Democrats Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Max Baucus in Montana and Mark Pryor in Arkansas. "The Senate is ground zero for the business community," Fielder says, adding that the Chamber doesn't get involved in presidential races.
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is coming to the aide of Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), who faces a tightening re-election race, a bevy of ads from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Comittee and a couple of attacks from outside groups.
The Chamber is running an ad praising Dole as "a voice for family health care" and saying she voted to improve health care for seniors.
The Chamber also ran an ad earlier this month criticizing Minnesota Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken (below).