House Majority PAC Launching Ads in Four Districts
House Majority PAC is launching a quartet of new television ads Tuesday, expanding the Democratic super PAC's reach to two more districts in Arizona and returning to one each in Illinois and Virginia with follow-ups to previous ads.
Each spot is tailored to specifics of the districts. Three (Arizona's 1st District, Illinois's 17th District, and Virginia's 2nd District) are Republican-held, while the fourth (Arizona's 9th District) is a new seat created in redistricting. The ad for GOP Rep. Bobby Schilling's sprawling Illinois district is being broadcast in two media markets (Peoria and Rockford) by House Majority PAC while SEIU, the super PAC's frequent TV advertising partner, is paying for an identical ad in the Quad Cities market.
The anti-Schilling spot accuses the freshman of combining coziness with special interests and support for outsourcing tax breaks. The Virginia spot, hitting freshman Republican Scott Rigell, also combines a set of votes into an argument, painting Rigell as a protector of millionaire tax breaks and oil company subsidies at the expense of payroll tax relief.
Neither of the Republicans running in the targeted Arizona districts are incumbents, but they still had records for House Majority PAC to go after. In the 1st District, the super PAC mimics the Democratic Congressional Committee's line of attack against former Republican state legislator Jonathan Paton, dubbing him "Payday Paton" for his work as a lobbyist with the payday loans industry and connecting that with Social Security and Medicare privatization.