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February 13, 2014
Ad wars have escalated in a highly competitive special election in Florida, with Democrats spending more overall, but Republicans quickly catching up with their ad buys.
The already profuse ad spending demonstrates the high stakes for both parties in this March 11 special election. Although the election is one month away, elections officials started to send out mail-in ballots last week for the 13th District contest.
That means television time — especially early advertisements — come at a premium in this Tampa-area media market.
Cumulatively, the Democratic nominee, Alex Sink, and her allies have spent about $1 million more on television advertisements than Republicans.
But the GOP’s nominee, lobbyist David Jolly, and his allies have spent more than Democrats in the past two weeks. Most recently, the National Republican Congressional Committee aired a spot that links Sink to national Democrats and the president’s 2010 health care law.
Here’s a breakdown of approximately how much each party has spent on television advertisements in the general election as of Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple media-buying sources from both parties who are monitoring the race:
February 11, 2014
House Majority PAC, a super PAC dedicated to elected House Democrats, is up with its first ad in the highly competitive special election in Florida’s 13th District.
The ad attacks the Republican nominee, lobbyist David Jolly. It’s part of a $650,000 investment that House Majority PAC made in the race.
The spot, called “Privatize,” takes shots at Jolly’s lobbying career and his position on Social Security. The latter charge targets a crucial demographic to win the St. Petersburg-based district: voters over 65 years old.
February 4, 2014
Updated 9:31 a.m | Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., will resign from Congress this month to take a job with a Philadelphia law firm, a Democratic aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call.
Andrews, an ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is scheduled to host an 11:30 a.m. news conference in his southern New Jersey district, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which first reported the news. Full story
February 3, 2014
Updated 10:58 a.m.| Florida State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto will run for former Rep. Trey Radel’s seat in Congress, according to a Monday news release. On the same morning, her fellow Republican, Chauncey Goss, announced he will not run in the same race.
“I will respect the trust you place in me, and I will serve you with a dignity that reflects our shared commitment to getting Florida and our great nation back on the road to prosperity,” Benaquisto wrote in an email to supporters.
As for Goss, he ran against Radel in the 19th District’s 2012 primary and publicly said after Radel’s resignation that he was seriously considering another run. The son of former Rep. Porter Goss made his announcement in a Monday news release.
“After careful thought and discussion with my family, I am announcing that I will not be a candidate in this upcoming special election,” he said. “As a husband and a father, my responsibility to my family must at this time take priority over the level of commitment required to properly serve as our Representative in Congress.”
Businessman Curt Clawson and former Rep. Paige Kreegel are the most notable contenders for the seat at this point.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced the special election dates on Friday. The primary, which will all-but-determine the next occupant of this safe Republican seat, will take place on April 22. The general election is June 24.
January 31, 2014
The two House campaign committees released TV ads Friday, each attacking the opposition nominee in the special election race for Florida’s 13th District.
In the competitive March 11 special to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., both parties have made six-figure TV airtime buys. Advertising is likely to flood the district over the next month and the ads released Friday are just the latest forays from the two committees.
The National Republican Congressional Committee’s ad slams Democrat Alex Sink for air travel during her tenure as the state’s chief financial officer. Full story
January 30, 2014
Randy Brogdon, a conservative former state senator currently challenging Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, is considering running in the Senate special election instead.
“He has got a lot of people inside of Oklahoma, probably eight or nine out of 10, that are urging him to run for Senate, and he is listening very intently to those urges,” Brogdon senior adviser Louis Waller said when reached by CQ Roll Call.
Brogdon’s potential entrance comes just after Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a favorite among conservative outside groups, decided against a bid. Groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project had pushed for Bridenstine to run as a conservative alternative to Rep. James Lankford, who announced his bid for the seat earlier this month.
Brogdon, who lost to Fallin in the 2010 gubernatorial primary, has the kind of tea party profile that could garner support from those groups. If he runs, Brogdon would be the third major Republican in the race, along with state Speaker T.W. Shannon. Candidates have until April 11 to file for the race, which follows the state’s regular election year schedule.
The Madison Project, which recruits conservative candidates, declined to comment on whether they have met with Brogdon.
January 21, 2014
Updated 12:02 p.m. | The ad war in Florida’s 13th District special election has officially begun.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved about $725,000 in broadcast and cable advertising from Wednesday until Feb. 10 to support the GOP nominee, lobbyist David Jolly, according to two sources — a Democrat and a Republican — who track media buys. Full story
January 17, 2014
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will soon begin a six-figure television advertising campaign in Florida’s 13th District, its first foray onto the airwaves in the competitive special election.
The House Democrats’ political arm has reserved “more than $200,000″ in advertising between Jan. 21-27, according to a Democratic official. Full story
The special election to replace Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., will take place concurrent with the regularly scheduled 2014 primary and general elections, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced Friday.
The primary will be held June 24, a runoff would be Aug. 26, and the general will be Nov. 4. The timeline ensures that the Sooner State will not have to spend extra funds to choose the two-term senator’s replacement.
Coburn announced late Thursday night that he will resign at the end of the 113th Congress. His exit will likely set off a crowded and competitive primary for the seat in this solidly Republican state.
January 16, 2014
The National Republican Congressional Committee spent $93,500 this week against Democrat Alex Sink in Florida’s 13th District special election, according to a Federal Election Commission report filed Thursday.
According to an NRCC source, at least part of that money will go toward this Web ad:
This is the first expenditure the NRCC has placed in the race this year. The committee is backing the newly minted GOP nominee, David Jolly, in this race.
January 13, 2014
Republicans will pick a nominee Tuesday for the special election for the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s Florida seat.
Most Republicans closely watching the primary predict lobbyist David Jolly, a former Young aide, will defeat state Rep. Kathleen Peters and veteran Mark Bircher in the 13th District.
“I don’t think there are any surprises coming tomorrow,” Florida GOP consultant Rick Wilson said. “Every bit of information I’ve seen so far says that David’s going to have a good day tomorrow.”
January 6, 2014
Updated 6:35 p.m. | North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced a Nov. 4 special election to replace longtime Democratic Rep. Melvin Watt, ensuring the contest coincides with previously scheduled elections in the Tar Heel State.
The 12th District primary — which will mostly likely determine the next member of Congress from this deeply Democratic district — will be held May 6. A runoff is scheduled for July 15.
January 2, 2014
Updated 5:28 p.m. | Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink raised exponentially more money than any of her Republican rivals in the the special election to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District.
Sink, a Democrat, raised $1.1 million and will report “over” $1 million in cash on hand, according to a release. Candidates in the tossup race were required to file pre-primary fundraising reports by Thursday.
Her closest Republican fundraising rival was GOP lobbyist David Jolly, who raised $388,000 and reported $141,000 in cash on hand. Jolly donors included former Republican Reps. Henry Bonilla and Robert Livingston and retired game show host Bob Barker. Barker, a friend of Jolly’s, notably cut an ad for Jolly that aired in early December.
Sink, who narrowly lost to Republican Rick Scott in the gubernatorial election of 2010, is the likely Democratic nominee in the tossup race. The Republican primary is shaping up to be a three-person field, featuring Jolly, state Rep. Kathleen Peters and veteran Mark Bircher. The primary is on Jan. 14.
Peters raised nearly $170,000 in her pre-primary report filed Thursday.
Peters entered the race in mid-November, but the campaign had a high burn rate going into the final stretch before the primary against GOP lobbyist David Jolly and veteran Mark Bircher. She spent about $152,000 and reported around $18,000 in cash on hand. Full story
Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama has joined a handful of other House Republican women who are supporting a female candidate in the competitive GOP primary to succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Congress, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing.
Roby’s leadership political action committee, MARTHA PAC, donated $1,000 to state Rep. Kathleen Peters, according to a 48 hour notice the Peters campaign filed with the FEC on Dec. 31.
A slew of House Republican women are either overtly or quietly helping Peters in her race against GOP lobbyist David Jolly in the Jan. 14 special election primary. The winner of that campaign will likely face the Democrats’ all-but-certain candidate, former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in the March 11 general election.
In early December, freshman Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri endorsed Peters. That same week, a band of GOP women hosted a fundraiser on the Peters’ behalf — they included Wagner and Reps. Susan W. Brooks of Indiana, Diane Black of Tennessee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas. The invitation also listed one male host, Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida.
December 27, 2013
Political ad makers were a busy bunch in 2013 — and the election year had not even started yet. Several competitive Senate races and special elections in the House meant the airwaves were already crowded.
Here’s Roll Call list of the top five most memorable congressional campaign advertisements of 2013:
5. “A Walk”
The Race: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sponsored this spot in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st District. Now-Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., waged a comeback bid to succeed now-Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in this GOP-friendly district. Sanford’s well-documented personal foibles appeared to make this race against the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, somewhat competitive. This DCCC spot cleverly references — but never specifically mentions — Sanford’s extramarital affair in 2009. Instead, the ad plays on the infamous hike on the Appalachian Trail that the former governor never took. Full story