The U.S. Chamber of Commerce began a multimillion-dollar ad buy push today that includes positive and negative issue-oriented ads in 20 battleground House and Senate races.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue described the push as “engaging earlier and more aggressively than ever.” Most of the ads were positive in nature, praising the incumbent or candidate for challenging President Barack Obama on issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline and “Obamacare.”
But some Senate incumbents and candidates were on the receiving end of negative ads about past support of the president’s health care policy. These include Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) and Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).
“Voters are going to see these attacks for what they are, and all the money in the world won’t be able to distract from the Republican special-interest in agenda,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Canter countered.
The ads mentioning House incumbents were all positive. Those on the receiving end of the Chamber’s praise were Reps. Judy Biggert (Ill.), Charles Bass (N.H.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Sean Duffy (Wis.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Frank Guinta (N.H.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Dan Lungren (Calif.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Jim Renacci (Ohio) and Fred Upton (Mich.). All but Matheson are Republicans.
The Chamber also praised the economic policies of Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Senate candidates Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.), former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), and former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R).