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Lt. Gov. candidate accuses opponent of Republican affiliation in new ad

In a short ad aired this week, state Sen. Eric Lesser has accused one of his opponents in the Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor of taking money from a group affiliated with some big names in Republican politics.

“It’s a dark money disgrace,” the ad begins. “Kim Driscoll getting big money support from a Republican mega-donor close to (Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell. Maybe because that Republican, a leading real estate developer, knows he’s got a friend in Kim Driscoll.”

The 30-second ad goes on to tout Lesser’s time in the Obama White House.

Established in late July by former legislator and Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan, Leadership for Massachusetts benefits from funding from Manchester-by-the-Sea real estate investor Christopher Collins.

Collins previously donated to several prominent Republican candidates, including McConnell and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.

Collins has not been shy about spreading his fortune around in political races, though, and has donated to a who’s who of Massachusetts Democrats, records show.

In 2021, he gave $2,900 to U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch’s re-election campaign a week after he’d done the same for U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, according to federal campaign filings. He gave U.S. Rep Jake Auchincloss $1,000 in 2020, and sent $500 to the state Democratic committee that year.

In the past year, he has also donated $1,000 each to Attorney General Maura Healey, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and candidate for Attorney General Andrea Campbell.

The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance shows that the PAC had received about $550,000 in donations by the middle of the month, $100,000 of which is from Collins.

Filings also show it has spent $351,000 of it on support of Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll’s bid to be the lieutenant governor.

Driscoll’s campaign did not return a request for comment on the ad.

A poll released by MassInc Polling Group just last week showed Driscoll leading the race with 15% support, followed by state Rep. Tami Gouveia with 8% and Lesser at 7%.

However, it’s still anyone’s race: The poll also showed that 62% didn’t know who they would vote for in the Sept. 6 primary or refused to answer.

The winner of the lieutenant governor’s race will almost certainly join a ticket with Attorney General Maura Healey, who is running all but unopposed for the Corner Office. Healey hasn’t made an endorsement in the race.

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