GOP House super PAC reserves $48 million in fall TV ads

GOP House super PAC reserves $48 million in fall TV ads
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A major super PAC with ties to House GOP leadership is reserving about $48 million in general election ads as it looks to protect Republicans' majority during a tough cycle.

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) announced that $38 million of that investment will be for television ads on both broadcast and cable, while the other $10 million will be used for digital ads. The super PAC will be up with those fall ads in a total of 30 districts.

The initial ad buy is mostly for incumbent protection, with the addition of three open-seat races. One of those open seats is a key pickup opportunity for Republicans following the retirement of Rep. Rick NolanRichard (Rick) Michael NolanDem lawmaker's office rehired aide after dismissing him over sexual harassment allegations: report More than 50 Dem House challengers outraise GOP incumbents Dem, GOP groups prepare spending blitz for midterms MORE (D-Minn.), who won reelection in 2016 despite President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE winning the district by double digits.

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The ads will run in some of the cycle’s top House races as Democrats look to flip 24 seats to take back the lower chamber.

“CLF’s historic and aggressive fundraising pace has allowed us to place larger advertising buys earlier than ever,” said CLF executive director Corry Bliss.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates CLF’s continued commitment to doing things differently. By reserving advertising early, investing unprecedented resources in digital, and running the country’s only House-focused national field program, CLF is prepared to lead the way in defending the House Republican majority.”

CLF has already been a significant power player this cycle, particularly in special elections where the super PAC has spent millions to boost Republicans. The group had success in Georgia and Montana’s high-profile special elections last year. It also poured in millions of dollars to help the GOP nominee in Pennsylvania's recent special election, but Democrats still pulled off a huge upset victory.

The super PAC has also heavily invested in a field operation, which includes offices set up in 31 districts around the country for voter mobilization efforts.

For the fall, CLF is spending a similar amount on advertising as its Democratic counterpart, House Majority PAC (HMP). HMP announced in March that it reserved $43 million in fall TV ads. Those ads will run in the final weeks of the midterms across 33 media markets in 20 states and Washington, D.C.

 

Here’s the full list of CLF’s ad buys in each district:

GOP Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamKoch group pushes DACA fix on Capitol Hill House GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE House GOP leaders fail to find compromise immigration fix MORE (California's 10th District): $2.35 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoImmigration overhaul on life support in the House The Hill's 12:30 Report Cook Political Report shifts 5 races after California, NJ primaries MORE (California's 21st District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Steve Knight (California's 25th District): $2.1 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Mimi Walters (California's 45th District): $2.3 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanHillicon Valley: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | Sparks fly at hearing on social media | First House Republican backs net neutrality bill | Meet the DNC's cyber guru | Sinclair defiant after merger setback The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage House Republican backs bill to reinstate net neutrality rules MORE (Colorado's 6th District): $2.3 million on TV,  also on digital

GOP Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastDem, GOP groups prepare spending blitz for midterms Abortion rights group launches M campaign to help Dems take back the House Trump to nominate acting VA secretary to lead department MORE (Florida's 18th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloOvernight Energy: Proposed rule would roll back endangered species protections | House passes Interior, EPA spending | House votes to disavow carbon tax House votes to disavow carbon tax Mueller indictments: Congressional candidate asked Russian operatives for info on opponent MORE (Florida's 26th District): $1.67 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamGOP looks to blunt Dems’ attacks on rising premiums IRS reduces donor reporting rules for some tax-exempt groups The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Mueller indicts 12 Russian officials for DNC hack | Trump does damage control after bombshell interview MORE (Illinois's 6th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Mike BostMichael (Mike) J. BostMORE (Illinois's 12th District): $2 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa's 1st District): digital ads only

Open seat (Kansas's 2nd District): $1.25 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Republican state senator in Kansas demoted after endorsing Dems House bill offers B for Trump's border wall, security MORE (Kansas's 3rd District): $1.7 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Andy BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrMidterms will show voters are tired of taking back seat to Wall Street Lawmakers demand answers from Mnuchin on Trump tariffs Overnight Health Care: Trump officials want more time to reunite families | Washington braces for Supreme Court pick | Nebraska could be next state to vote on Medicaid expansion MORE (Kentucky's 6th District): $1.8 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinCook shifts House race of lawmaker who bought multimillion dollar yacht away from GOP Overnight Health Care: Trump officials want more time to reunite families | Washington braces for Supreme Court pick | Nebraska could be next state to vote on Medicaid expansion Ryan-aligned PAC launches ads touting House-passed opioid bills MORE (Maine's 2nd District): $1.2 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Mike Bishop (Michigan's 8th District): $2.2 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenGOP looks to blunt Dems’ attacks on rising premiums Overnight Health Care: Kentucky gov cancels Medicaid dental, vision benefits | Collins voices skepticism court will overturn Roe v. Wade | Dems press 'middlemen' on drug costs July vote to repeal medical device tax may bolster vulnerable GOP lawmaker MORE (Minnesota's 3rd District): $2.3 million on TV, also on digital

Open seat (Minnesota's 8th District): $2.6 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Don Bacon (Nebraska's 2nd District): $1.6 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Tom MacArthurThomas (Tom) Charles MacArthurGOP runs into Trump tax law in New Jersey Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral Key Republican says House taking targeted approach to combating opioid epidemic MORE (New Jersey's 3rd District): $1.4 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Leonard LanceLeonard LanceLawmakers split over how to expand rural broadband Lawmakers worry about rise in drugged driving GOP runs into Trump tax law in New Jersey MORE (New Jersey's 7th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney (New York's 22nd District): $900,000 on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoProtesters confront Ivanka Trump on family separations Progressives’ wins highlight divide in Democratic Party The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Wild night of primaries reshapes 2018 midterms MORE (New York's 24th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul Budd‘Unmasking Antifa Act' includes 15-year prison term proposal Election Countdown: Calls to abolish ICE test Dem candidates | First round of House GOP 'Young Guns' | How Tester is handling Trump's Montana visit | Dem candidate won't back Schumer as leader | Super PACs ramp up Missouri ad buys Selling government assets would be a responsible move in infrastructure deal MORE (North Carolina's 13th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickOvernight Energy: Proposed rule would roll back endangered species protections | House passes Interior, EPA spending | House votes to disavow carbon tax House votes to disavow carbon tax GOP group hits Pennsylvania Dem over foundation donations MORE (Pennsylvania's 8th District): $1.4 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusDem, GOP groups prepare spending blitz for midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Exploding immigration controversy vexes Washington Trump rips Conor Lamb as '#LambTheSham' in endorsing his GOP opponent MORE (Pennsylvania's 12th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonDem, GOP groups prepare spending blitz for midterms Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral Cook Political Report got it wrong: Reps. Sessions and Culberson’s districts are not 'toss-ups' MORE (Texas's 7th District): $2.45 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans GOP lawmaker: Trump is being manipulated by Putin The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia MORE (Texas's 23rd District): $2.1 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Scott TaylorScott William TaylorLawmakers aim to use spending bill to block offshore drilling GOP lawmaker rejects racism charge: 'My son is named after a black guy' RNC mum on whether it will support Trump-backed Corey Stewart MORE (Virginia's 2nd District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Dramatic battle looms after Kennedy’s retirement Immigration overhaul on life support in the House Vulnerable House GOP leader takes lead on family separations bill MORE (Washington's 5th District): digital ads only

Open seat (Washington's 8th District): $2.1 million on TV, also on digital