The NRCC slashed reservations in TX-23 in a show of confidence for Rep. Will Hurd (R), but WOMEN VOTE!, the independent-expenditure arm of EMILY’s List, is doubling down. The PAC recently placed a $600,000 buy, bringing their total investment to boost former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones (D) to nearly $1.2 million. (Hotline reporting)
The DCCC is going on the air against Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL 18) with a $340,000 buy in the West Palm Beach market set to run next week. (Advertising Analytics)
And Patriot Majority USA will spend $532,000 on the air in ME-02 and $639,000 on TV ads in NC-09. (FEC) Meanwhile, House Majority PAC, WOMEN VOTE! And Priorities USA Action are launching a nationwide digital ad campaign to boost registered nurse Lauren Underwood (D) in IL-14. The 30-second spot knocks Rep. Randy Hultgren (R) for taking $500,000 from insurance industries and voting to gut healthcare for preexisting conditions. (release)
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL 06) and the NRCC made a coordinated buy worth $1.5 million in the pricey Chicago media market. Of that amount $702,000 will go out this week to run a TV ad linking clean-energy entrepreneur Sean Casten (D) to state House Speaker Mike Madigan. (Hotline reporting)
The NRCC released three new ads in NY-19, the open MN-01, and the open NV-04. The MN-01 spot hits former Defense Department official Dan Feehan (D) for supporting NFL protester Colin Kaepernick, while the NV-04 spot attacks former Rep. Steven Horsford (D) for alleged self-dealing. (release)
Defending Main Street dropped a TV ad to boost Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH 12). The 30-second spot, which will air in the Columbus and Zanesville markets through Oct. 23, accuses Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor (D) of supporting plans to make Columbus a sanctuary city. (release) The group reported the buy as worth $150,000.
And Congressional Leadership Fund released a new ad in CA-10 hitting investor Josh Harder’s (D) health care plan as potentially causing “major disruptions” like doctor shortages and lower-quality care. (release)
FROM THE CANDIDATES.
AR-02: Rep. French Hill (R) links state Rep. Clarke Tucker (D) to Hillary Clinton in a TV spot, claiming his campaign is funded by the same “liberal Hollywood elitists who don’t share our values.” (KARK)
CO-06: Rep. Jason Crow (D) emphasized in a TV ad his efforts to listen to voters on the campaign trail and not accept corporate PAC money “because our elected officials are listening to their corporate donors.” (release)
FL-18: Rep. Brian Mast’s (R) TV ad features former NYPD officer John Napolitano talking about his son, John P. Napolitano, a firefighter who died in the rescue efforts on 9/11. Napolitano criticizes former State Department official Lauren Baer (D) for pointing out the country’s “shameful history” in an opinion column that year as a Harvard University student, noting that Mast has sacrificed like his son as a veteran. (release)
IN-02: Health care executive Mel Hall (D) features a mother whose triplets were born with medical problems in his latest TV spot. The woman criticizes Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) for voting “11 times to undermine health care” and for sending her a form letter in response to her concerns. (release)
MN-02: 2016 nominee Angie Craig’s (D) new TV ad blasts Rep. Jason Lewis (R) for taking money from special interests. The ad will run on cable, broadcast and digital streaming services beginning Oct. 13. (release)
MN-03: Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) is standing by a TV ad that accuses Allina Health Care, one of the state’s largest health systems, of ignoring sexual harassment allegations while gelato tycoon Dean Phillips (D) served on the board, something the Phillips has called a lie. “The ad is based on an 11-year-old lawsuit which was settled out of court.” Both the hospital system and a former chairman have denounced the ad as false. (WCCO)
NY-24: Rep. John Katko (R) attacks Syracuse University professor Dana Balter (D) in a TV ad for not paying her taxes while living in Naples, FL, in 2013. The spot goes on to claim Balter wants to raise taxes for the district. (Auburn Citizen)
PA-08: Rep. Matt Cartwright (D) criticizes businessman John Chrin (R) for living in New Jersey in a TV spot. (Daily Kos)
TX-07: Trial lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D) features a number of families in her latest TV ad who’ve seen their homes flooded over Rep. John Culberson’s (R) tenure in office, during which he prioritized funding for a telescope in South America over funding for fixing dams and for FEMA. (release)
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