GOP group launches TV ad campaign for tax reform

The American Action Network (AAN) on Wednesday is launching a $2.5 million television ad campaign urging lawmakers to pass tax-reform legislation.

The effort is the latest part of the group’s Middle-Class Growth Initiative to promote a tax-code rewrite that helps middle-class families and businesses. AAN, which is aligned with House GOP leadership, previously launched a $1 million radio ad campaign in support of tax reform and has said it plans to spend $5 million over the August recess to advocate for a tax-code overhaul.

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In the TV ad, a former metal worker from Ohio named Albert Jones talks about how he was laid off from his job as a result of more foreign competition. He calls on lawmakers to pass tax-reform legislation that brings “the middle class back.”

“Thousands of jobs like mine are lost to places like China,” he says in the commercial. “So when I see Congress working to cut taxes for working families, and bring jobs back, I know how that matters.”

The ad will begin to run this week on national cable and in 24 congressional districts, AAN said. Lawmakers that are being targeted include Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump vows to stand with House GOP '1,000 percent' on immigration Heckler yells ‘Mr. President, f--- you’ as Trump arrives at Capitol Hoyer: GOP centrists 'sold out' Dreamers MORE (R-Wis.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyLawmakers, businesses await guidance on tax law On The Money: Trump imposes B in tariffs on China | China blasts 'fickle' Trump, promises payback | Trump to name consumer bureau director next week Trump announces tariffs on billion in Chinese goods MORE (R-Texas) and a number of GOP House members who may be vulnerable in the midterm elections.

AAN is one of several groups that has stepped up its efforts to make the case for tax reform over the August recess. GOP lawmakers and administration officials are also working to get the public on board with tax reform before legislation is likely released in the fall.