Congressional Leadership Fund, the Republican House-focused super PAC, and its affiliated non-profit, American Action Network, launched three new TV ads against Democratic House candidates Monday. CLF is targeting Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell with a second ad in Iowa's 3rd District and Shelley Adler - the Democrat running against GOP Rep. Jon Runyan in New Jersey's 3rd District - with its first ad of the fall, while AAN is hitting GOP Rep. Dan Webster's opponent, Democrat Val Demings, with its first ad in Florida's 10th District.
All three ads target the Democratic nominees on taxes and spending. After tagging Boswell with supporting the "failed stimulus" in its first TV ad against him last week, the new spot shows Boswell on tape supporting a higher gas tax. CLF also used tape of Adler in the New Jersey ad, which hits her for voting for local property tax increases and saying, "There are times that councils have to raise taxes."
AAN's anti-Demings ad swings back to national issues while remaining on the taxes and spending theme, criticizing the former Orlando police chief for supporting the stimulus and higher taxes on high earners.
CLF is spending over $450,000 on advertising against Boswell, who is running in a member-versus-member race against GOP Rep. Tom Latham, and $730,000 to help Runyan against Adler. The super PAC recently cut its Philadelphia media buy down from $1.6 million and is not currently planning to advertise in any other races in the market. AAN plans to spend over $1.2 million to boost Webster over Demings.