Dems make big play for House in California

Dems make big play for House in California
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LOS ANGELES - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will spend millions of dollars on television advertisements aimed at winning Republican-held seats in historically red Orange County this November, signaling a major play for seats the party must recapture in order to reclaim the House.
The DCCC will announce Tuesday it will spend $3.1 million on television spots in the Los Angeles media market, the most significant part of the committee's third wave of advertising buys this year.
In the Los Angeles area, Democrats have taken aim at seats held by Rep. Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceMystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp House panel advances bill to protect elections from foreign interference MORE (R), who is retiring, and Reps. Mimi Walters (R), Steve Knight (R) and Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherGeorge Papadopoulos launches campaign to run for Katie Hill's congressional seat The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa Ex-GOP lawmakers are face of marijuana blitz MORE (R). All four districts went for Clinton over Trump in 2016.
The DCCC will also purchase $900,000 in television time in Sacramento and $100,000 in Fresno, money that will be spent against Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamEx-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Former GOP Rep. Walters joins energy company TikTok faces lawmaker anger over China ties MORE (R), who holds a Central Valley district that also went for Clinton. The Fresno market also covers Rep. David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoCalifornia Republican ousted in 2018 announces rematch for House seat The 8 House Republicans who voted against Trump’s border wall The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — The political currents that will drive the shutdown showdown MORE's (R) district, and Democrats will add in $50,000 in English- and Spanish-language advertisements in Bakersfield, where the other half of Valadao's voters live.
The $5.1 million spent on California districts makes up about two-thirds of the $7.5 million in reservations the DCCC will begin making Tuesday.
The party plans to spend $927,000 in the Denver market, their latest attempt to knock off perpetually embattled Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanBottom Line Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE (R-Colo.). And they will spend $700,000 in Tucson, Ariz., beginning soon after Labor Day, in an effort to win back a seat held by Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths MORE (R), who is running for a U.S. Senate seat.
Democrats will buy $500,000 for five weeks of television time in Paducah, Ky., a media market that covers a Southern Illinois district held by Rep. Mike BostMichael (Mike) J. BostMORE (R). Democrats had previously reserved airtime in the St. Louis market, which also covers Bost's district.
The party hopes to win back an open seat being vacated by the retiring Rep. Lynn JenkinsLynn Haag JenkinsFormer GOP Rep. Costello launches lobbying shop Kansas Republican dropping Senate bid to challenge GOP rep Anti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' MORE (R-Kan.). Democrats blocked off $117,000 for three weeks of advertising in Topeka, and another $133,000 in the Kansas City market, both of which touch Jenkins's district.
The latest round of advertising buys brings the DCCC's total investment in television to about $20 million. The party laid out an initial round of $12.6 million in ad buys in May, in high-priority markets like New Hampshire, eastern Iowa, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Miami. They quietly bought another $9.2 million in airtime earlier this summer.
Candidates, parties and outside groups have invested more than $280 million in television airtime in the battle for control of Congress this year.
Super PACs like the House Majority PAC, which supports Democrats, and the Congressional Leadership Fund, which backs Republicans, have reserved more time than the party committees, hastening a trend toward outside groups' spending domination that began after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.