Two new outside groups have put a message in the mail, one for and one against, U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal.

The National Rifle Association’s political action committee has spent nearly $36,000 in the last week on a mailing opposing Blumenthal in his contest against Republican Linda McMahon, according to FEC filings of recent independent expenditures.

Meanwhile, the Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare’s PAC has doled out about $10,000 to support Blumenthal’s bid, the FEC records show. That lobby group, by the way, is headed by former Connecticut Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly.

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