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Bloomberg Gives $1.5M to Pro-Villaraigosa PAC

Republicans released spots in Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 30, 2018, 11:11 a.m.

CA GOV: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $1.5 million to the California Charter Schools Association super PAC supporting former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) on Thursday, the group disclosed Friday. (California Target Book) Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser: “Mike is proud to support Antonio’s run for Governor because he believes that when elected, Antonio will improve schools for every California student.” (Los Angeles Times)

“[T]he pro-Villaraigosa independent expenditure committee — which can take unlimited donations — funded by charter-school backers had $7.3 million in its bank account as of April 21, according to reports filed with the state on Thursday. It has continued to pick up six- and seven-figure checks since then.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Villaraigosa released his first TV ad in the governor’s race Friday, touting his record and accomplishments as mayor of Los Angeles when up against the economic downturn during the recession. The 30-second television spot opens with a sweeping shot of Los Angeles and cuts to Villaraigosa” recalling that his sister and he “took three buses to get to school” in kindergarten. “Campaign spokesman Luis Vizcaino said the ad will air statewide over the next week at a cost of approximately $1 million. The commercial [began] airing Saturday.” (Los Angeles Times)

The California Nurses Association group supporting Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (R) bought $27,000 in radio ads. (California Target Book)

Rep. Jim Costa (D-16) and state Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula endorsed Villaraigosa on Friday. (Fresno Bee)

GA GOV: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) led a University of Georgia poll of the Republican primary (April 19-26; 507 LVs; +/-4.4%) with 41 percent. Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) and former state Sen. Hunter Hill (R) got 10 and 9 percent, respectively, for the second spot in a potential runoff. Former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins (R) and and state Sen. Michael Williams (R) trailed in the single digits. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Kemp launched a TV ad this weekend about his conservative plan, including “a healthy appreciation for the Second Amendment.” The ad is co-narrated by “Jake, a young man interested in one of my daughters.” (release) It echoed this recent controversial tweet by former NFL player Jay Feely. (Twitter)

Former state Sen. Hunter Hill’s (R) final TV ad before the May 22 primary “touts his military service, his pro-gun positions and his stance against abortion. But his underlying message is a religious one. The 30-second spot features footage of the former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger leading a prayer to fellow soldiers in 2007 in Afghanistan.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Hill’s website contains “multiple examples of nearly identical phrases to what was on [Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’s (R)] old website. The websites themselves look similar in how they are organized. Their social media accounts even feature buses with near-matching bumper sticker slogans (‘honk if you’re tired of career politicians’). A spokesperson for Hill’s campaign chalked up the similarities in language to the candidates’ similarities in positions.” (CNN)

“A broad majority of likely Georgia primary voters want stricter gun control measures, including a growing number of Republicans who break ranks with their party leaders by calling for more limits on firearm sales, according to a pair of polls conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News … conducted by the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“Days after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) told [11Alive] he opposed a ‘constitutional carry’ law, his campaign sent out a lengthy statement to supporters that he supports the law that would let gun owners conceal and carry handguns without a permit.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Actress Uzo Aduba will join a previously announced lineup of other stars to campaign for state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) on Monday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ID GOV: The Twin Falls Times-News endorsed Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) and businessman A.J. Balukoff (D) in their respective May 15 primaries.

NE GOV: State Sen. Bob Krist (D) tapped state Sen. Lynne Walz (D) as his running mate. (Omaha World-Herald) “Krist accepted the endorsement of the 28,000-member Nebraska State Education Association on Saturday afternoon.” (Lincoln Journal-Star)

NY GOV: Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) “received over 10,000 individual donations since declaring her candidacy for governor just six weeks ago.” (release) She also called for “restoring drivers licenses for all, regardless of immigration status.” (release)

“Nixon earlier this month said she couldn’t publicly reveal her tax returns because she filed for an extension. But Nixon’s campaign has so far declined repeated requests over the past 10 days … to release her filing for the extension.” (New York Daily News)

OR GOV: Gov. Kate Brown (D) and state Rep. Knute Buehler (R) releceived the endorsements of editorial boards at the Portland Oregonian, Willamette Week, and the Eugene Register-Guard for their respective May 15 primaries. The Bend Bulletin and East Oregonian also endorsed Buehler. (release)

“As of Thursday, Brown had $3.5 million in the bank and Buehler had $1.5 million. Buehler has outspent Brown $1.8 million to $1.4 million.” (Bend Bulletin)

SC GOV: Former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R) in her third TV ad promises to take on corruption and institute term limits. “Her campaign says it’s airing in select TV markets around state and ‘part of a six-figure advertising buy’ on cable/broadcast.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

State Rep. James Smith (D) missed last week’s televised debate to attend a DGA meeting in Chicago. (Columbia State) “Smith has already attended one debate and has plans to participate in at least two more. But even in the contests he does attend, Smith … has sought to avoid confrontation.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

TN GOV: Former state cabinet official Randy Boyd (R) will run a new TV ad “across network and cable channels” highlighting his support from law enforcement and pledging to “crack down hard on violent criminals, drugs, and illegal gangs like MS-13” and “give our brave law enforcement officers the support they need.” (release)

“$6.5M in ads have already aired [in the GOP primary], while another $11M have been booked through the end of the primary, which is not until August.” Boyd, Rep. Diane Black (R), and housing services executive Bill Lee (R) are “booking heavily in the weeks before the primary and then booking for the week immediately upcoming. … [T]he spending is heaviest in the July weeks before the broadcast and in today’s week, and drops off in between. … Candidates have not sunk to personal attacks the way other high profile primaries have gone.” (Advertising Analytics)


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