House Majority PAC, NRCC, DCCC Launch New Ads
Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC is expanding its TV presence to four more districts today, launching ads in races including freshman Republican Rep. Bobby Schilling's Illinois 17th District, which is also the site of new ads from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
House Majority PAC is also targeting Republican Reps. Charles Bass (New Hampshire's 2nd District) and Jim Renacci (Ohio's 16th District), and the GOP nominee in Washington's 1st District, John Koster. That seat was held by former Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee, who resigned to run for governor of the state.
The super PAC's anti-Bass ad, running on Manchester broadcast and Boston cable stations for two weeks and $440,000, hits Bass's votes in favor of Paul Ryan's budget proposals. Bass has touted his support for the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan on the campaign trail, but Democrats hope to tie him to the more polarizing budgets crafted by the Republican vice presidential nominee. The spot hitting Schilling (for one week at $110,000 in Peoria) also goes after his voting record, including shots at the Ryan budget and a dig at votes for "a budget scheme that adds trillions in debt" -- the ad shows an image of the national debt clock at that point.
The ad against Renacci, running against Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton in a new, merged congressional district, highlights his votes for oil company subsidies and says he took contributions from "Big Oil" and owned oil company stock at the same time. That ad will run for a week and a half in Cleveland at a $400,000 cost.
The other spot, against Koster, focuses on women's health, especially Koster's pro-life position and support for defunding Planned Parenthood. Democratic nominee Suzan DelBene, who contributed over $2.3 million to herself before Washington's primary and is running in a seat that gave 56 percent of its vote to President Obama, doesn't seem like the type of candidate who would need outside intervention. (House Majority PAC's ad is running for two weeks in Seattle for $380,000.) But DelBene has yet to hit the airwaves after a bruising primary campaign.