The DCCC also launched a $500,000 national Spanish language TV ad buy aimed at turning out Hispanic voters for the midterms. The spot will run during the final week on Telemundo, Univision and in markets covering NM-02, TX-23, TX-32, TX-07, NV-03, NV-04, CA-10, UT-04 and all the targeted seats in Southern California. (release) The DCCC “is set to drop around $250,000 on TV commercials aimed at helping” Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (D) “that will begin running Tuesday.” (KSL)
The NRCC will spend $87,000 to boost state Rep. Katie Arrington (R) in the open SC-01, a seat President Trump won by 13 points. (McClatchy) The 30-second spot appeals to the district’s conservative lean, accusing attorney Joe Cunningham (D) of supporting on-demand abortion and the funding of Planned Parenthood.
The NRCC released 15 ads in 14 districts, including in CA-21 where Rep. David Valadao (R) faces engineer TJ Cox (D). The spot accuses Cox of carpetbagging — he claimed a primary residence in Maryland before moving to Modesto to run in CA-10 and finally to Fresno to run against Valadao.
The ad in GA-06 links gun-control activist Lucy McBath (D) to 2017 nominee Jon Ossoff (D). In ME-02, the spot accuses assistant state House Majority Leader Jared Golden (D) of planning to cut funding from Medicare and Social Security. And the committee released two ads in KS-02, one touting Iditarod dog racer Steve Watkins (R) military service and another linking 2014 gubernatorial nominee Paul Davis to Nancy Pelosi. In MN-01, the ad links former Defense Department official Dan Feehan (D) to Colin Kaepernick and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-05). (release)
HMP released new ads in FL-27, IA-03, IL-13, NH-01, NY-22, WA-03, and WA-08. Notable spots: In FL-27, the ad links television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar (R) to President Trump. In WA-03, the ad accuses Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) as beholden to special interests. (release)
The League of Conservation Voters launched a $262,000 buy in ME-02 hitting Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R) for not protecting preexisting conditions. (release)
314 Action made its third ad buy for attorney Joe Cunningham (D) in the open SC-01. The spot, backed by $110,000 in the Charleston market, attacks state Rep. Katie Arrington (R) over her support for offshore drilling. (release) The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters cut an ad in IA-01 criticizing Rep. Rod Blum (R) for voting against pre-existing condition protections. State Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) is the daughter of a union pipefitter-welder. (release)
On the GOP side, American First Action made a $596,000 ad buy in MI-08 and a $94,000 buy in MI-11. (FEC) And the Club for Growth released a new TV ad in VA-05, hitting author Leslie Cockburn (D) as "a Washington, DC socialite with a $2 million mansion in Georgetown."
FROM THE CANDIDATES.
AR-02: In a direct-to-camera spot, state Rep. Clarke Tucker (D) decries Rep. French Hill's (R) negative ads and says health care and the chance for a better life aren't political games. (Twitter)
CA-10: “An ad by” investor Josh Harder (D) against Rep. Jeff Denham (R) “tries to directly link him to tariff policies enacted by President Donald Trump that have harmed farmers in the district,” particularly walnut farmers, but “ it’s a stretch to imply Denham deserves personal blame for the tariffs. ... Denham has spoken against the tariffs,” which were implemented without congressional approval.” (McClatchy)
IA-04: Paralegal J.D. Scholten (D) released two new television ads. The first features Republicans saying they will vote for Scholten because Rep. Steve King (R) is “divisive” and inattentive to the district, while the second highlights King’s taking official taxpayer-funded trips and for backing a candidate for Toronto mayor described by newspaper headlines splashed on the screen as a “white nationalist.” (release)
IL-06: Clean-energy entrepreneur Sean Casten’s (D) new ad criticizes Rep. Peter Roskam (R) for voting to abolish the Office of Congressional Ethics and for a House Ethics Committee investigation into his official travel that has since been dismissed. (YouTube)
NY-24: Syracuse University professor Dana Balter’s (D) new ad, airing in the Syracuse market, “features Balter...and others revealing that they have preexisting conditions. In Balter's case, she suffered a serious head injury in 2004 that forced her to postpone her studies at Syracuse University.” (Auburn Citizen)
PA-16: Rep. Mike Kelly’s (R) newest ad “details recent economic statistics, while boosting his image as ‘one of us.’” Attorney Ron DiNicola’s (D) new spot “continues to distance himself from” Nancy Pelosi. Says DiNicola: “Washington politicians like Mike Kelly and Nancy Pelosi have both failed. There’s only one way to change Congress, vote them out.” (PoliticsPA)