Super PAC supporting Ainge for Congress funded almost entirely by the candidate's parents

Super PAC supporting Ainge for Congress funded almost entirely by the candidate's parents (Photo:KUTV)

(KUTV) One of the Republicans running to replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress is getting some help from from his famous father -- especially when it comes to money.

Danny Ainge, a former BYU basketball player who went on to great success in the NBA, visited Utah County Monday evening to campaign for his son, Tanner Ainge. The elder Ainge sat in a dunk tank in Orem and let fans soak him.

But the support goes much deeper than that. According to Federal Election Commission filings, Danny Ainge and his wife, Michelle, have almost entirely funded a super political action committee, known as Conservative Utah, to the tune of $250,000.

That super PAC runs ads supporting Tanner Ainge and attacking his opponents, John Curtis and Chris Herrod.

"We're proud of him," said Danny Ainge of his son, "and my other five children I would not give $250,000 to."

But that money is going to fund ads that have been criticized, particularly by Curtis who calls them negative.

"I hope the voters in the third district will see past that," said Curtis after a radio debate Monday morning.

Herrod told 2News the Ainge's super PAC funding is an example of "liberal Boston money" trying to distort his record.

Danny Ainge, who is the current general manager of the Boston Celtics, scoffed at the criticism of the PAC's ads.

"Are you kidding me?" he said. "I live in Boston. You think that's negative?"

Tanner Ainge said he's not coordinating with the super PAC his parents are funding. It would be against the law if he did. But both father and son said what the group is doing is fair game.

"It's great to have the support of my family," Tanner Ainge said. "It takes some resources to get your message out there and that's what we're doing."

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