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April 03, 2009

Specter stays on the attack

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) is continuing to go on the attack against Pat Toomey, his expected GOP primary challenger.

Today he sent a letter today to Toomey, who heads the fiscally-conservative Club for Growth, demanding details about all the organization’s contributors.

Dear Mr. Toomey,

I understand from numerous press reports that you are soon to leave the Presidency of the Club for Growth to run for the U.S. Senate.

In recent weeks as you have shifted your attention from a long-planned run for Governor to another Senate campaign, you have criticized the TARP bill I voted for last fall. Given the Wall Street background of your members, it seems clear that many of them would have received TARP monies.

Please gather a list of the contributors to the Club for Growth by contributor name, date, amount and whether they received TARP money and if so, how much and when

Sincerely,

Arlen Specter

This comes one day after Specter aired a television ad across the state attacking Toomey for his background as a former investment banker dealing in "risky derivatives called credit default swaps".

But after a Factcheck.org analysis declared the ad misleading (credit default swaps didn't exist when Toomey was an investment banker), the Specter campaign slightly revised its wording.