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 RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyHouse passes tariff-relief bill GOP may increase IRS’s budget Overnight Finance: Congress barrels toward another shutdown crisis | Canada worries Trump will withdraw from NAFTA | Blue-state Republicans push tax law changes | Chamber CEO calls out Bannon, Warren 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.