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NEA Buys $1M Against Rosendale

Both candidates in North Dakota went on the attack with new spots.

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Zach C. Cohen
Sept. 14, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

OUTSIDE GROUPS. "The Senate Leadership Fund, which has spent more than $19 million on advertisements for Republican candidates, is the largest outside group buying Weather Channel time" during Hurricane Florence. "Chris Pack, a spokesman for the group, said it was airing ads on the channel aimed at viewers in Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Nevada and West Virginia, all key races in the increasingly tight battle for control of the Senate." (The Hill)

FL SEN: Gov. Rick Scott (R) released a TV ad in which he calls Sen. Bill Nelson (D) one of many “politicians who stay politicians forever … who make promises they never intend to keep—just so they can get money and votes,” creating Washington “own brand of corruption.” Scott: “A vote for Nelson is a vote for government waste and debt, higher taxes, chaos at the border and weakness abroad. Nelson can’t change Washington. He IS Washington. … I’ll give ‘em hell up in Washington.” (release)

The pro-Scott New Republican PAC added $999,000 to its media buy against Nelson, bringing its total spending to $9.4 million. (FEC)

IN SEN: Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) on Friday released a 60-second TV ad, which is running as part of a six-figure statewide buy, that highlights the passage of his Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act. The spot is narrated in part by the parents of the Iraq and Afghanistan veteran for which the bill is named, who call him "a lifesaver." (release)

MO SEN: Majority Forward released an ad accusing splicing state Attorney General Josh Hawley’s (R) 2016 campaign ad decrying “career politicians just climbing the ladder using one office to get to another” with his decision to run for Senate “just months after being elected attorney general. The announcer continues that the is “climbing the ladder on your back, taking huge contributions from the insurance industry and filing a lawsuit that removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions." (release)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) also released an ad "in which she looks to the camera recounting her experience in beating breast cancer, and blasts ... Hawley for joining a lawsuit that could undo Obamacare’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions." McCaskill: “Two years ago, I beat breast cancer. Like thousands of other women in Missouri, I don’t talk about it much. But those who face cancer and many other illnesses have a pre-existing condition when it comes to health coverage. Unfortunately, Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit, letting insurance companies deny coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. That’s just wrong, and I’m fighting to stop it. ... [I]nsurance companies already have too many senators on their side.” (NBC)

MT SEN: The National Education Association is running a $1 million buy against state Auditor Matt Rosendale. (FEC)

Sen. Jon Tester (D) released a TV ad Thursday narrated by brewers Lindsey and Sam Hoffman who credit him for the rollback of an FDA regulation that prohibited “giving our spent grain to local ranchers to feed their livestock.” Tester: “I’m Jon Tester and I approve this message, and I’ve been known to approve a Montana beer or two, too.” (release)

ND SEN: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) released a TV ad Friday saying Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) “criticizes farmers” while supporting the “trade war,” excerpting his his recent interviews on local radio. Farmer Charles Linderman: “Mr. Cramer, that trade war is costing my family a lot of money. And you don’t seem to care.” (release) “The six-figure ad is expected to run statewide for the next several weeks on TV and digital platforms.” (CNBC)

Cramer “is taking to the airwaves to combat Democratic ads that spotlight the Republican Senate candidate’s health care positions. The new Cramer ad features images of three Democratic spots — two of them from outside Democratic groups and one from … Hetikamp’s campaign. … The ad is part of a six-figure buy and will run on broadcast and cable networks and online.” The announcer: “Heidi, stop trying to mislead North Dakota. … Here’s the truth: Kevin Cramer voted for guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions, and Heidi’s ads attacking Kevin on health care don’t pass the smell test.” (Roll Call)

TN SEN: Majority Forward released an ad on Friday saying Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) "helped pass special legislation to restrict law enforcement’s ability to combat the opioid crisis and hold drug companies accountable" because "Blackburn took over $800,000 from drug company special interests.” It closes: “Congresswoman Blackburn is what’s wrong with Washington.” (release)

Blackburn also launched a TV ad on Thursday, paid for by her campaign and the NRSC, that quotes voters who say they supported former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in the past but can’t this time because he “opposes building the wall … supports Obamacare … opposed Trump's tax cuts … gave Crooked Hillary [Clinton] tons of money.” (release)

WV SEN: Majority Forward released an ad on Friday rebutting state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's (R) latest spot on his "roots," which the group points out are in "in New Jersey where he grew up, went to school and even ran a failed campaign for Congress. And they’re in DC where he spent years lobbying for the very drug companies flooding our state with opioids." It also notes that he's "currently fighting to deny coverage to West Virginians with pre-existing medical conditions." (release)


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