Chamber spending early for GOP Senate candidates

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will spend $1 million on television and digital ads for Republican Senate candidates in critical races in Illinois and Nevada, according to Federal Election Commission documents filed this week.

The Chamber is putting $550,000 behind ads for Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP MORE (R-Ill.), who is seeking reelection in a solidly blue state during a presidential election year in which turnout could favor Democrats.

The 30-second ad touts Kirk as a “fighter” and “independent leader,” and seeks to highlight his time in the military.

The Chamber is also spending $400,000 on ads for Rep. Joe HeckJoseph (Joe) John HeckAmericans want to serve — it's up to us to give them the chance GOP anxiety grows over Trump political roller coaster Creating a more secure nation means public service hiring practices need an overhaul MORE, (R-Nev.) who is running to replace retiring Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in Nevada. Heck could represent the best chance Republicans have at picking up a seat in 2016 that is currently held by Democrats.

The 30-second ad for Heck, a former Army doctor, also seeks to highlight his military service.

“Those on the battlefield call him general. In the combat hospital they call him doctor. In Nevada, they call him Joe Heck,” the ad states.

Democrats need to net five seats to win back the Senate.

Earlier this month, the Chamber spent $1 million on ads for Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGraham wants to review ActBlue's source of small-dollar contributions GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety MORE (R-Ohio) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R-Pa.). Both senators face difficult reelection bids in important swing states.