In a sign of growing national interest in the Massachusetts governor’s race, a super PAC backed by the Republican Governors Association and onetime aides to former governor Mitt Romney is launching a TV ad Thursday supporting GOP hopeful Charlie Baker.
The positive 30-second spot highlights Baker’s time as a top aide to then-governor William F. Weld, saying Baker worked to cut taxes and reform state government. It also boosts Baker’s stewardship of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, of which he was president and chief executive, saying he turned the company around.
Super PACs — which can raise unlimited amounts of money from people, corporations, and labor unions — are known for being shadowy organizations because their backers are often obscured. But a new state law requires the identity of the top five donors to super PACs to be displayed in their advertisements.
According to the list in the new spot, one of the backers is Beth Myers, who was Romney’s chief of staff when he was governor and a top aide during both of his presidential bids, a spokeswoman for the PAC confirmed.
According to the ad, the other top donors are Chris Collins, Lisa Collins, Kelly O’Neill, and the Republican Governors Association, a national, well-financed group focused on electing GOP candidates as governors.
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