CLF Makes $48M Ad Reservation in 30 House Battlegrounds

The DCCC released a new digital ad mocking the GOP tax overhaul.

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Ally Mutnick
April 17, 2018, 11:09 a.m.

The Congressional Leadership Fund announced Monday a $48 million ad reservation for the midterms. That effort includes $38 million in broadcast reservations in 20 House battlegrounds and a $10 million digital ad buy in 30 districts. The House GOP-aligned super PAC is booking early than it has in past cycles—in 2016 it made it’s first reservation of $10 million in August.

“In five of the districts — held by” Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE 02), Andy Barr (R-KY 06), Steve Knight (R-CA 25), Claudia Tenney (R-NY 22) and Mimi Walters (R-CA 45) “— the reservations are extensive enough to keep CLF on air from Labor Day. The remaining $10 million will be spent on digital advertising in 30 districts.” (Washington Post)

The full list of TV reservations:

  1. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA 10): $2.35 million
  2. Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA 25): $2.1 million
  3. Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA 45): $2.3 million
  4. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO 06): $2.3 million
  5. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL 26): $1.67 million
  6. Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL 12): $2 million
  7. KS-02 (OPEN): $1.25 million
  8. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS 03): $1.7 million
  9. Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY 06): $1.8 million
  10. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME 02): $1.2 million
  11. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI 08): $2.2 million
  12. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN 03): $2.3 million
  13. MN-08 (OPEN): $2.6 million
  14. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE 02): $1.6 million
  15. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ 03): $1.4 million
  16. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY 22): $900,000
  17. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 01): $1.4 million
  18. Rep. John Culberson (R-TX 07): $2.45 million
  19. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX 23): $2.1 million
  20. WA-08 (OPEN): $2.1 million

The group will spend $10 million in digital advertising in the following districts: CA-10, CA-21, CA-25, CA-45, CO-06, FL-18, FL-26, IA-01, IL-06, IL-12 KS-02, KS-03, KY-06, ME-02, MI-08, MN-03, MN-08, NC-13, NE-02, NJ-03, NJ-07, NY-22, NY-24, PA-01, PA-17, TX-23, VA-02, WA-05, WA-08. (release)

FUNNY OR DIE. The DCCC released a new minute-long digital ad mocking the new GOP tax overhaul as a gift to wealthy CEOs. “The first in a series, the ad was written and directed by comedy writer/producer Ben Wexler, whose credits include Arrested Development, Funny or Die, Community, and other television shows and movies. Hans Sahni and Rob Hatch-Miller, who have worked on Funny or Die, Comedy Central and more, also co-produced the ad,” the committee said in a statement. It will run on Facebook and Google Search. (release)

THE PELOSI QUESTION. “Democrats who have pushed for” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “ouster as House minority leader are standing down – at least until after November’s midterm elections.” Speaker Paul Ryan’s “surprise announcement last week that he would retire at the end of his term boosted Democrats’ hopes that they could wrest back control of the House this fall. The possibility of majority control also gave new life to a looming question: Will Pelosi, or someone else, lead the party? Democrats say they are focused on one task – winning – and have clamped down on talk of replacing Pelosi.” DCCC Recruitment Chair Denny Heck: “We have one North Star: 218 seats. Period.” (Washington Post)

SPEAKER SUCCESSION. “Many members of the House Republican conference say the race” for speaker “is wide open and will be so long as Mr. Ryan maintains his plans to stay through the end of the year. They are also openly discussing it as a chance for several candidates to compete. … Who jumps into the GOP leadership race could depend partly on the November outcome. Other Republicans have indicated they might jump into the race, including” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH 04), “a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, a band of conservative stalwarts who control some three-dozen votes. That isn’t enough to elect Mr. Jordan speaker—even assuming Republicans maintain control of the House—but a significant enough bloc to give his group leverage in determining who next leads the GOP conference.” (Wall Street Journal)

HELPING HAND. The science advocacy PAC, 314 Action, endorsed six new House candidates: engineer TJ Cox (D) in CA-21; Epidemiologist Eric Ding (D) in PA-10; former state Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) in MI-09; retired Naval Commander Elaine Luria (D) in VA-02; registered nurse Lauren Underwood in IL-14; and state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D) in NJ-02. (release)

ON THE ROAD. Not One Penny is launching a new billboard campaign in 30 congressional districts blasting the GOP tax overhaul. Some targeted districts: Reps. Mike Rogers (AL-03); Doug LaMalfa (CA-01); Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09); Mike Kelly (PA-16); and Greg Gianforte (MONTANA AT-LARGE). (release)


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