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August 7, 2012
The Republican National Committee over the weekend reported spending another $3.8 million on independent expenditure television advertising to bolster Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, bringing its total to more than $17 million in less than a month.
Though hardly eyebrow raising compared with the investments of various pro-Romney and Republican-leaning super PACs, it is notable that the RNC chose to go on the air in July with significant buys to help counter President Barack Obama’s swing-state tsunami of television spots. The RNC tends to focus it resources on state party building and voter-turnout operations while leaving the air-war to the GOP nominee’s campaign.
July 17, 2012
The independent expenditure of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved time in the districts of vulnerable Democratic Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and John Barrow (Ga.).
The DCCC reserved just less than $400,000 of time from Oct. 16 through Election Day in the Salt Lake City media market, covering Utah’s 4th district. Matheson faces a serious challenge there from Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love (R) in a district that will vote strongly for Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential race.
July 11, 2012
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee made a significant show of support today for Rep. Shelley Berkley, announcing a $2.3 million reservation of television time in Nevada for the fall.
The announcement comes two days after the Ethics Committee announced a formal investigation into whether the Democrat used her influence in Congress to benefit her husband’s interests.
Berkley is challenging Republican Sen. Dean Heller in a race that will help decide control of a closely divided Senate. Heller launched a new campaign ad today targeting Berkley on the ethics investigation. Full story
July 9, 2012
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that conservative independent outfits 60 Plus Association, American Crossroads, and Americans for Prosperity have violated federal election law by primarily working to influence federal elections while not disclosing their donors.
“Respondents are raising and spending millions of dollars to accomplish their major purpose of influencing federal elections, while hiding their funding sources. By operating in secret, they have violated and continue to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act,” DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil wrote in the complaint.
The six-member commission, composed of three Republicans and three Democrats, has been gridlocked along partisan lines for the past few years and in many cases has struggled to attain the majority necessary to reach a decision. Campaign finance experts said the FEC typically takes longer than a year to resolve such complaints, making it unlikely that the issue will be resolved before the November elections.
The DSCC complaint comes on the heels of a similar request filed with the FEC last month by Robert Bauer, general counsel to the Democratic National Committee and President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. That filing asked that the FEC require American Crossroads to disclose its donors.
The groups responded to the complaint, characterizing it as a baseless effort to attract publicity.
“This latest complaint is virtually identical to the complaint filed by the Obama campaign and DNC two weeks ago,” American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio wrote in a statement to Roll Call. “[I]t is baseless, completely redundant and serves no purpose other than to generate headlines, as it was distributed to the news media before its recipients. Crossroads takes compliance very seriously.
60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin argued that the complaint cannot be considered seriously because it only addresses conservative groups.
“The fact it includes only GOP leaning groups — and none of the coordinated campaign expenditures being made between and among the DNC, DSCC, and the Democrat’s House campaign committee — shows it’s naked politics pure and simple,” Martin said in a statement.
The DSCC maintained that it expects the FEC to consider the complaint seriously.
“These organizations are actually claiming that they are no more political than a church, a synagogue, or even the American Cancer Society. It is patently absurd and we certainly expect the FEC would take action,” Cecil said in a statement emailed to Roll Call. “Right wing billionaires and corporations are getting special treatment, while any other American must adhere to strict limits and disclosure requirements.”
July 2, 2012
House Majority PAC and the Service Employees International Union announced today that they are partnering in their effort to aide House Democratic candidates and will reserve $19.7 million in television advertising across 38 media markets.
The reach of that buy is “at least 47 competitive Congressional districts,” according to a press release from the Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC.
Of the nearly $20 million reserved, House Majority PAC put up $16 million and SEIU plans to spend $3.7 million.
June 27, 2012
American Crossroads and its nonprofit affiliate, Crossroads GPS, today launched new television ads targeting competitive Senate races in New Mexico and North Dakota.
American Crossroads, a GOP-aligned super PAC, went up with its second ad in New Mexico on behalf of former Rep. Heather Wilson (R), who is facing Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) in the race for the open Senate seat. The group spent $184,000 on the ad — its second to air this month — which airs statewide on broadcast and cable from today through July 7. Full story
June 26, 2012
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reserved $1.2 million in fall airtime in North Dakota today.
The buy caps the committee’s first wave of ad investments in five key states with top Senate races, including $4.5 million in Missouri, $3.2 million in Montana, $7.5 million in Virginia and $5.1 million in Ohio.
According to a source familiar with the buy, the North Dakota reservation is for Oct. 2 through Nov. 5. But committees can change the reservation at any time without financial penalty — and they often do just that in the final months before Election Day depending on the competitiveness of a race. Full story
The League of Conservation Voters and Defenders of Wildlife Action Committee launched a new round of television advertising in New Mexico against Republican Senate nominee Heather Wilson.
The former Congresswoman, who is running for the open Senate seat against Rep. Martin Heinrich (D), has been the target of a coalition effort from several environmental and conservation groups in recent weeks. The two groups responsible for the latest ad have already spent $700,000 in independent expenditures on the race this month, according to Federal Election Commission records.
VoteVets Action Fund is spending $200,000 to air an attack ad against the Republican Senate nominee in Montana and to continue an ad buy on behalf of a Democratic House candidate in Hawaii.
VoteVets, a progressive veterans organization, announced a $100,000 ad buy for a television spot slamming Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg, who is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D) in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country. The dark ad in Montana takes a critical look at Rehberg’s voting record on veterans issues.
June 20, 2012
The National Republican Congressional Committee’s independent expenditure arm announced $5.7 million in new ad reservations across competitive races Tuesday. That amount included money in eight media markets, with more than $890,000 targeting vulnerable Democratic Rep. John Barrow in two Georgia markets.
Other NRCC media reservations include almost $1.7 million in San Diego that could help shore up Rep. Brian Bilbray and $1.6 million in Philadelphia that could be used to support freshman Rep. Jon Runyan (N.J.) or Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.).
Also part of the buy: almost $800,000 in two Michigan markets that cover freshman GOP Rep. Dan Benishek’s district, $437,000 in the Des Moines, Iowa, market covering the Member-vs.-Member race between Reps. Leonard Boswell (D) and Tom Latham (R), and $312,000 in the Youngstown, Ohio, market where Rep. Bill Johnson (R) has a competitive race.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more ad time for the fall than its GOP counterpart. The DCCC had reserved $46.1 million compared with the NRCC’s $23.9 million as of Tuesday.
May 16, 2012
A liberal veterans group is going on the air in Hawaii to support Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard in the open 2nd district.
VoteVets.org, the largest progressive organization of veterans in the country, spent $75,000 to air the ad for 10 days on broadcast television and plans to spend more as the Aug. 11 primary approaches. The ad features several Iraq War veterans describing Gabbard’s biography, which includes military service and public office. Full story
May 8, 2012
In its first television advertising reservation for the fall, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reserved $14.1 million in Missouri, Montana and Virginia — three states Democrats are looking to hold as they seek to preserve their four-seat Senate majority.
As the Hotline first reported, the DSCC reserved $7.4 million in Virginia, $3.5 million in Missouri and $3.2 million in Montana. The Virginia and Missouri reservations are for Oct. 9 to Nov. 5, and the Montana reservation is from Aug. 28 to Nov. 5, Roll Call confirmed with a Democratic source. Full story
The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a nonpartisan super PAC that has successfully targeted incumbents this cycle by supporting primary challengers, will next turn its substantial financial resources against longtime Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).
The group announced it “will make independent expenditures opposing Rep. Rangel and supporting state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.” Super PAC spokesman Curtis Ellis wouldn’t specify how much the CPA would spend against Rangel, but he noted that in its previous efforts, the group usually spends six-figure sums in its races. Full story
May 4, 2012
House Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democratic House candidates, hit the airwaves today in support of Assemblywoman Julia Brownley in California’s 26th district.
This is a top pickup opportunity for Democrats, who are looking to capitalize on Rep. Elton Gallegly’s (R) retirement and a more favorable district following redistricting. However, with multiple Democrats running in the all-party primary, there is a chance the party’s vote splinters, allowing state Sen. Tony Strickland (R) and Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks (I), a former Republican, to advance to the general. Full story
May 2, 2012
The YG Action Fund, a super PAC affiliated with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), is on the radio in North Carolina’s 8th district with an ad backing former Hill staffer Richard Hudson.
The spot, backed by a $53,000 buy, is the second independent expenditure the super PAC has made on behalf of Hudson. On April 24, the group spent $22,750 on mailers supporting the candidate, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
“Richard Hudson will cut out-of-control government spending — starting with repealing and replacing Obamacare,” a narrator says in the spot. “Hudson will fight for tax relief for our families and businesses: He’ll protect North Carolina jobs.”
Hudson, the frontrunner, is locked in a competitive race with four other GOP contenders, including dentist Scott Keadle, who is backed by the powerful pro-free-market group the Club for Growth.