Outside Groups Helping Vulnerable House Democrats
Democratic outside groups, resigned to being outspent once more by their Republican counterparts, are trying to focus on spending their resources smartly this cycle. To that end, two prominent Democratic-aligned advocacy groups are putting early money behind TV ads backing some of the most vulnerable House Democrats ahead of the general election stretch run.
Patriot Majority USA and Center Forward, two non-profit issue advocacy organizations, have spent over $750,000 betewen them backing Reps. John Barrow, D-Ga., Ben Chandler, D-Ky., Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., on TV over the last month. According to a Democratic source tracking the ad buys, Center Forward put approximately 1,200 gross ratings points behind ads applauding each member for opposing the Ryan budget. Patriot Majority USA aired similar budget-themed ads supporting Barrow, Chandler, and Matheson with smaller buys -- about 790 GRPs for Barrow, 740 for Chandler, and 630 for Matheson.
The groups also backed West Virginia Republican Rep. David McKinley with small buys.
Democrats are pleased with the help those endangered candidates are getting from outside, and it stands in contrast to the GOP outside group spending we've seen in the House this week. American Action Network, poised to be the major Republican outside player in the House this cycle, spent over $300,000 on the Republican primary runoff in North Carolina's 8th District this week, and the YG Action Fund, another GOP outside group, spent over $380,000 on the intra-party battle.