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RNC to Invest $1M in Special Election

The NRCC released an ad slamming Lamb for opposing tax cuts.

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Ally Mutnick
Feb. 6, 2018, 11:17 a.m.

The Republican National Committee “is set to invest about $1 million, much of it on digital, field and other get-out-the-vote activities” ahead of the March 13 special election to replace former Rep. Tim Murphy (R). “By the end of the weekend, Republicans were outspending Democrats on TV by a ratio of nearly 5-to-1” to boost state Rep. Rick Saccone (R).

“Nearly every corner of the GOP is involved. The White House is working closely with Saccone and dispatching President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to the suburban Pittsburgh district on his behalf. The House Republican campaign arm has begun a $2 million TV offensive and is aggressively pressing party lawmakers to help fund the candidate.”

“Republicans have reason for alarm. In January, America First Action, the principal pro-Trump outside group, quietly conducted a poll that found” Saccone “with a single-digit lead over” former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb (D). “who hails from a well-known political family in southwestern Pennsylvania.” (Politico)

“Republican-allied groups have dramatically outspent their Democratic rivals 17-to-1. … Republican strategists working on the race say they have been surprised by the lack of Democratic money on television. They started the year worried that Lamb would bring significant advantages, as a fresh face and able campaigner, that could set a negative tone for the November midterms.” (Washington Post)

ON THE AIR. The NRCC released a TV ad blasting former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb for siding with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and opposing tax reform. “Rick Saccone supports tax reform because what liberals call crumbs are actually filling bellies, buying shoes that fit, making dreams affordable,” a narrator says in the 30-second spot. (release)

GIVING IT BACK. “Saccone’s campaign rejected a campaign contribution from” Murphy. It as worth $5,000. “Rick has not accepted any contributions from Mr. Murphy, and he urges the Westmoreland County Party to immediately return the donation in question,” a spokesman wrote in an email. (Roll Call)

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