Tea Party Express spends more than $300,000 on Web and TV ads for Scott Brown in Massachusetts

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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The Tea Party Express is financing more than $300,000 worth of television and online ads supporting Scott Brown, the Republican candidate for the Massachusetts Senate seat, up until tomorrow’s special election, according to the group.

Levi Russell, communications director for the Tea Party Express, said the group purchased airtime in support of Brown in both local and national markets.

“I think our people are peaceful at heart, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t very frustrated,” Russell said. “And I think what they’re going to do is take out the frustration at the polls.”

The Tea Party Express, based in Sacramento, Calif., has hosted a series of tea party rallies across the country. The group, according to its Web site, highlights “some of the worst offenders in Congress who have voted for higher spending, higher taxes and government intervention in the lives of American families and businesses.”

The group endorsed Brown and has also sent out more than 10 million e-mails on his behalf, Russell said, encouraging supporters to donate to his campaign for the Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Russell said the group would find it to be “absolutely outrageous” if — in the case Brown defeats Democratic challenger Martha Coakley in Tuesday’s election — Democrats hold off on certifying Brown’s election until after the President Obama’s health-care bill is passed. He said whoever wins “should be sworn in immediately.”