Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s “biggest fear” has come to life – a super PAC is “blanketing the airwaves” with news that Kirk kills kittens.

Yes, you read that right. CounterPAC jokingly attacks Kirk in order to get his attention and urge him to sign a campaign finance “accountability pledge” to refuse special interest donations.

What is CounterPAC?

CounterPAC is a nationwide super PAC of non-partisan activists who are fighting to reduce the influence of big money in elections.

During the election cycles, the group’s mission is to find a race where money is playing “a particularly corruptive role” on both sides of the aisle.

The super PAC then uses negative advertising against all the candidates in their targeted races to push them to reject “dark money” and “outside money” in their campaign.

Spending from outside interest groups in the 2016 U.S. Senate race in Illinois has already “eclipsed $1.7 million.”

CounterPAC Executive Director Jay Costa said, “Both Mark Kirk and Tammy Duckworth have been outspoken about the trouble with elections that are dominated by super PACs – so this is a chance for each of them to put their money where their mouth is.”

He continued, “A simple pledge could erase outside money – giving voters a race free of unlimited outside spending and offering a model of accountability for other races across the country.”

Watch CounterPAC’s attack ad against Tammy Duckworth below:

CounterPAC will air these 30-second political ads this Sunday during the Chicago Bears game and online.

In addition to their spot, CounterPAC bought full-page ads in the Chicago Sun-Times and the State Journal Register.


So we’ll see if these ads are effective at putting the pressure on these candidates. Stay tuned to see if and how the campaigns respond next week.

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