“The Congressional Leadership Fund will drop nearly $10 million this month to attack Democrats in 14 races from New York to California, an attempt to get a jump-start in the fall ad wars, force Democrats to spend money early and define the candidates in a negative light with voters. … Most outside organizations have typically waited until after Labor Day to drop hard-hitting ads, betting that voters are vacationing and not fully engaged in the competitive midterm battlegrounds. … In the 2016 election cycle,” CLF “waited until Sept. 13 to begin its air war. But this year, Ryan's super PAC calculated that to save the majority, huge money needs to be spent aggressively and early.”
“Democrats predicted that early attacks will backfire, saying that internal focus groups in a GOP-leaning Pennsylvania district showed voters were put off by attacks the Ryan group launched on Democrat Conor Lamb, who won a special election earlier this year in a district Trump had carried by 20 points in 2016.” (CNN)
MORE AD BUYS. The DCCC reported dropping $78,000 hitting Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY 22), $62,000 on Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS 03) and $390,000 attacking state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) in WA-08. Meanwhile, the Congressional Leadership Fund reported spending $503,000 to hit nonprofit executive Katie Hill (D) in CA-25, and $613,000 to attack former housing bubble whistleblower Katie Porter (D) in CA-45. (Hotline reporting)
ME-02: Assistant state House Majority Leader Jared Golden (D) released his first TV ad, which details his struggle to find work after returning home from serving in the Marines. Golden: "I've never forgotten where I come from, going from pushing a broom to being an aide for Sen. Susan Collins (R) to serving in the Maine House."
Golden faces Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R) in a rural Maine district. (Hotline reporting)
MN-08: The Congressional Leadership Fund hitting former state Rep. Joe Radinovich (D) over a history of unpaid bills. "Radinovich was cited thirty times for not paying court fines and after refusing to pay his bills. Radinovich was turned over to a collection agency eight times," a narrator says in the 30-second spot. (release) Radinovich won Tuesday's primary to take on St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber (R). (release)