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March 6, 2014
With just days to go in the smash-mouth special election on Florida’s Gulf Coast, both parties are managing expectations ahead of what could be a narrow margin of victory.
The race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., is the most competitive special election of the 2014 cycle. Neither party is exuding confidence about the contest for the swingy 13th District, and nearly anyone who claims to have seen an internal poll says this tossup race will go down to the wire. Full story
February 26, 2014
“The Koch Brothers are ‘un-American’” is the new “Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years” in the Senate, per a series of floor speeches given Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Reid, who has picked up the habit of making political floor statements, took the conservative mega-donors to task as part of an emerging narrative from Senate Democrats that such massive campaign spending — and the negative ads that come with it — are destroying the political process.
The Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity already has poured tens of millions of dollars into the 2014 cycle in an attempt to knock out vulnerable incumbent Democrats, and it appears Democrats are trying to discredit the effort knowing they might never be able to match it financially.
“You see, when you make billions of dollars a year, you can be as immoral and dishonest as your money will allow you to be,” Reid said in his second floor speech of the day on the Kochs. “It’s too bad they’re trying to buy America, and it’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.”
February 18, 2014
American Crossroads is up with a new TV ad attacking Democratic nominee Alex Sink in the upcoming special election in Florida’s 13th District.
The super PAC’s spot features older voters who criticize Sink’s record in private sector banking and her tenure as the state’s chief financial officer. The ad ends with a play on the Democrat’s name: Sink, says the narrator, is “helping herself, sinking Florida.”
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 7, 2014
House Majority PAC, a Democratic-aligned super PAC, is making an approximately $90,000 ad buy in Miami next week to defend Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla.
The group’s move to buy a week of airtime is intended to match conservative outside group Americans for Prosperity’s media campaign against Garcia. The conservative super PAC announced last week a $400,000 media campaign in three Florida House districts, including Garcia’s 26th.
The new ad that will air was not immediately available. House Majority PAC’s buy will begin on Wednesday and run for a week. Full story
February 4, 2014
An Alaska-based super PAC formed to support the Senate campaign of Republican Dan Sullivan launched a TV ad Tuesday that paints him in the mold of Ronald Reagan and longtime Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.
Sullivan, a former state attorney general and commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, is vying for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who defeated Stevens in 2008. Begich is a top target of national Republicans, who are hoping to net six seats this fall to regain control of the Senate.
The ad, from Alaska’s Energy/America’s Values, is backed by a $41,000 buy and will air statewide this month, according to a release shared first with CQ Roll Call. It starts off with the voices of Reagan and Stevens before cutting to a clip from Sullivan’s campaign announcement press conference in October. Full story
January 31, 2014
The Club for Growth’s political action arm announced Friday that it has added Jamestown Associates, a media firm that the GOP’s House and Senate campaign arms have reportedly blacklisted, to its media production team.
“We’ve long admired Jamestown Associates for their creativity, winning record in tough campaigns, and the quality of their product,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a news release. “When we heard recently that they would have more time to work with Club for Growth Action we immediately seized the opportunity.”
Chocola’s statement alludes to the fact that both the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee reportedly will not use Jamestown Associates’ services and are encouraging others in the party not to as well.
The committees’ decisions were based in part on Jamestown’s work on behalf of the Senate Conservatives Fund, which is backing primary challengers to Republican senators.
The club also supports primary challengers to Republican incumbents. It’s even set up a website called, “Primary My Congressman!”
January 27, 2014
An already brewing and nasty battle to oust an embattled Florida Republican escalated Monday when Rep. Trey Radel announced his resignation from Congress.
Now local GOP operatives only expect the field to grow with familiar faces — a couple of whom have run in Florida’s 19th district before.
Radel pleaded guilty to a cocaine possession charge last year and, until recently, insisted he would seek re-election. On Monday, he wrote in his letter of resignation that he could not “fully and effectively serve” in Congress anymore.
Under Florida election law, GOP Gov. Rick Scott is tasked with scheduling the special election to fill Radel’s seat. He had not made an announcement on timing as of Monday evening, but Florida Republicans speculate the special election could happen in the late spring or run concurrent with the regularly scheduled primary and general election later this year.
January 13, 2014
Senate Majority PAC has put more money behind an attack ad against Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, the top Republican running against vulnerable Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in one of this cycle’s most competitive races.
The super PAC, which boosts Democratic Senate candidates, purchased an additional $344,000 in air time for an ad against Cassidy, according to spending report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The ad, first released in December, hits Cassidy for his votes to raise the retirement age, as well as his votes to shut down the government. The initial buy for the 30-second ad was $250,000, according to documents filed with the FEC. Senate Majority PAC Campaigns Director Ty Matsdorf confirmed the additional funds would go toward continuing to air the following spot:
January 9, 2014
An Alaska-based super PAC supporting one of Democratic Sen. Mark Begich’s Republican challengers is launching its first three ads of the campaign on Friday.
The radio ads are an opening salvo for the group, Alaska’s Energy/America’s Values, which backs former Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan. The group spent about about $12,000 to air the ads over the next five days in Anchorage and Matanuska Valley.
While the buy size isn’t significantly large, the messaging offers a strong hint of the TV ads that are likely forthcoming. Each of the three 60-second ads mentions Begich’s support of Obamacare. One also notes the incumbent’s support of Obama’s appointees, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and questions where he stands on an oil tax rewrite referendum in the state this year. Full story
December 15, 2013
About halfway through the midterm election cycle, North Carolina is on pace to host the most expensive Senate race of 2014.
But the Tar Heel State shouldn’t necessarily get too comfortable in the top spot.
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election battle is one of at least four Senate contests where outside spending has already eclipsed the $2 million mark. The others include the re-election races of Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The potential for Republicans to win back the Senate majority, combined with the media-market makeup of the competitive landscape, has invited a superfluity of early spending. Republicans need a net gain of six seats next year, and most of the competitive races are for Democrat-held seats in less populous states.
“Given the president’s plummeting job approval ratings, there is growing optimism that Republicans can win back the Senate, and that’s why you’re seeing some very early spending in key U.S. Senate races,” GOP media consultant Erik Potholm said. “And Democrats, especially their vulnerable incumbents, are feeling that same pressure — that’s why Sens. Landrieu and Pryor are on the air.” Full story
December 12, 2013
Updated 9:31 a.m. | A Democrat-aligned super PAC has booked airtime in Louisiana, where Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., is facing one of the toughest re-election races in the country.
Senate Majority PAC’s first ad in the Bayou State criticizes GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy for voting to raise the retirement age, “to raise Medicare costs $6,000 per year” and to shut down the federal government.
Watch the ad here:
December 10, 2013
Updated Dec. 11, 8:12 a.m. | House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, is up with a significant television ad campaign to defend Rep. Nick J. Rahall II in West Virginia.
The positive spot touts his support for the coal industry. House Majority PAC put $150,000 behind the 10-day reservation:
November 20, 2013
A conservative outside group launched a new round of television ads on Wednesday targeting congressional Democrats for their support of Obamacare.
The new ads from Americans for Prosperity are backed by $4 million and come as the White House continues to struggle with the rollout of the president’s health care law. The ads hit Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, and Reps. Patrick Murphy and Joe Garcia of Florida and Ron Barber of Arizona.
Here is the ad targeting Hagan:
November 5, 2013
A Democrat-aligned super PAC is coming to the defense of North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, who was hit last week in a TV ad from a conservative outside group.
Senate Majority PAC launched a TV ad today that attempts to debunk the attack ad from Americans for Prosperity, which slammed the Democrat over her support for the health care law. The new spot, backed by a $400,000 buy, also highlights Hagan’s record, calling her an “independent senator working to help balance budgets and create jobs.”