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View from the Hill

Hagan files for re-election, speaks against special interest groups

Note: This post has been updated to reflect additional information regarding Sen. Hagan’s views on campaign finance and outside spending.

Today, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., officially filed for re-election and released a campaign video pitting her against special interests.

In the video, Hagan lists the issues she has supported, including growing the economy, supporting affordable education and supporting veterans.

The only time the video mentions health care is in terms of women’s health issues. But on other occasions, Hagan has stated her support for improving access to health care.

Hagan has called for expanding the enrollment period after glitches with the website.

The key selling point Hagan makes however, is that she is looking out for the interests of North Carolina and is the target of attack ads funded by Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers.

Outside interest groups like Americans for Prosperity have spent large amounts of money on ads against Hagan.

While Hagan might be the target of outside money, some Super PACs have also lined up against her opponents.

This month, Patriot Majority USA, a liberal super PAC, released an ad attacking her main Republican opponent, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, mainly on health care issues, while not explicitly mentioning the Affordable Care Act.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the organization only partially discloses the names of donors and has spent more than $1.3 million against Republican candidates.

Although the organization is not officially affiliated with Hagan, the fact Hagan has special interest attacking Tillis her shows the flow of outside money will come from both sides in what will be a hotly contested race.

But Hagan has previously stated support for the DISCLOSE Act, which increase reporting requirements for outside groups.

Hagan’s Republican opponents have not stated support on the bill.

The filing deadline is Friday. In the Republican field, Mark Harris, Heather Grant, Greg Brannon and Ted Alexander have already filed. Hagan also has a primary challenger, Will Stewart, who has also filed.

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