RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A political committee supporting Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is spending nearly $1 million on a television ad in North Carolina's Senate race to remind viewers about uncomfortable personnel problems in the office of Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis.

The Senate Majority PAC says the commercial began running Wednesday. It targets Tillis, one of eight Republican primary candidates seeking to challenge Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan in the fall.

The ad talks about how two of Tillis' staff members resigned in 2012 after Tillis said then they had inappropriate relationships with lobbyists. Tillis also was criticized at the time for giving severance pay to the workers, which the ad called taxpayer-paid bonuses.

Senate Majority PAC spokesman Ty Matsdorf says Tillis' record as speaker is part of his Senate campaign.

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