An independent expenditure committee named, "Californians For Integrity In Government Opposed To Hayashi For Senate 2014, Sponsored By Peace Officers, Nurses, Consumer Attorneys And Labor Organizations" has built up a war chest of over $190,000 in just the last week.
The political action committee for the powerful California Nurses Association contributed $25,000 to the committee April 30. The next day the California State Council of Service Employees Political Committee added $90,000. The Consumer Attorneys of California Independent Campaign Committee added $25,000 on May 2, followed by $50,100 on Monday from the Police Officers Research Association of California (PORAC PAC).
The large and sudden influx of cash may greatly blunt Mary Hayashi's significant fundraising advantage over Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, however, independent expenditure groups cannot coordinate their efforts with the candidate.
Nevertheless, in the past, IEs have been known to unleash often vicious attacks against opponents, especially when it may not be in the candidate's best political interests to go negative. Special interests groups dropped over $200,000 in 2012 against 18th Assembly District candidate Joel Young to highlight allegations of domestic violence.
Later in the same year, an IE calling itself "Morals PAC: Masses organizing research against lying & stealing opposing Mary Hayashi" paid for a mailer mocking Hayashi's 2011 shoplifting case during her ill-fated run for the Alameda County supervisor. The mailer included the tagline "There's Something About Mary."
The tenor of the state senate race among the two main Democrats is already at a vicious level. Two weeks ago, Wieckowski's campaign released a Web site called MugShotMary.com. A few days later, Hayashi's responded with BobProtectedRapists.com, along with a corresponding and hard-hitting 15-second spot.