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DCCC Launches 1st National TV, Radio Campaign

AAN announced a $2 million ad blitz on tax reform.

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Ally Mutnick
Oct. 5, 2017, 11:17 a.m.

The DCCC launched its first national TV and radio ad buy blasting the GOP majority for “coming after your health care” and trying to impose “a devastating age tax.” The 30-second TV spot will begin running Thursday nationwide on MSNBC and CNN along with digital versions on YouTube and Facebook. The six-figure radio ad buy, which includes a Spanish-language version, will run for three weeks in the districts of 11 Republicans: Rep. French Hill (AR-02), Martha McSally (AZ-02), Jeff Denham (CA-10), David Valadao (CA-21), Brian Mast (FL-18), Mike Bost (IL-12), Kevin Yoder (KS-03), Andy Barr (KY-06), Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), Don Bacon (NE-02), and Will Hurd (TX-23).

The committee also released results from a poll conducted on its behalf by GQRR and GBA from Sept. 12 -18, which “shows that Democrats have a significant advantage when it comes to trust on the issue of healthcare.” Congressional Democrats lead President Trump by 15 points (57-42) and Congressional Republicans by 11 points (55-44). Margin of error and sample size were not immediately available. (release)

ON THE AIR. The American Action Network unveiled a new $2 million pro-tax reform TV blitz with a new spot that will air in 28 congressional districts and on national cable for two weeks. The 30-second ad features a Lawrence, Michigan family living paycheck to paycheck and struggling with an outdated tax code. Targeted districts include those of Reps. Mimi Walters (R-CA 45), Mike Bishop (R-MI 08), Erik Paulsen (R-MN 03), Ryan Costello (R-PA 06) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI 01). A full list can be found here. (release)

ON BOARD. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (R) backed four GOP incumbents: Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-18), Don Bacon (R-NE 02), Robert Pittenger (R-NC 09), Barbara Comstock (R-VA 10). Each endorsement comes with a $45,000 contribution from his PAC. (release)

And the campaign-finance reform group End Citizens United also released a new round of endorsements, backing Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ 07), Barbara Lee (D-CA 13), Eric Swalwell (D-CA 15), Al Lawson (D-FL 05), Val Demings (D-FL 10), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL 08), Katherine Clark (D-MA 05), Grace Meng (D-NY 06), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 08), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX 15), Peter Welch (D-VT AL), and Mark Pocan (D-WI 02). (release)

BUMP STOCK. McSally and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI 08) have sent a letter to the ATF “urging a thorough re-evaluation of bump-stocks.” (release)

Other swing-seat members have expressed interest in legislation regulating bump stocks following the Las Vegas massacre, including Yoder and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 08). (Kansas City Star/Philadelphia Inquirer)

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL 26) “plans to introduce bipartisan legislation to ban a device used by the Las Vegas shooter that makes semi-automatic weapons fire more rapidly.” (The Hill)


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