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 NolanMinnesota Rep. Pete Stauber glides to victory in GOP primary Hold off on anti-mining hysteria until the facts are in Minnesota New Members 2019 MORE (D-Minn.), who won reelection in 2016 despite President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE winning the district by double digits.
“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 DenhamBottom line Bottom line Business groups breathe sigh of relief over prospect of divided government MORE (California's 10th District): $2.35 million on TV, also on digital
GOP Rep. David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoTwo House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms California state assemblymember Salas launches bid against Valadao The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble 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 CoffmanColorado remap plan creates new competitive district Colorado governor says he was not exposed to COVID-19 after Aurora mayor tests positive Colorado mayor says he called protesters 'domestic terrorists' out of 'frustration' MORE (Colorado's 6th District): $2.3 million on TV, also on digital
GOP Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastEighth House GOP lawmaker issued 0 fine for not wearing mask on House floor Reps. Greene, Roy fined for not wearing masks on House floor The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Texas's near abortion ban takes effect MORE (Florida's 18th District): digital ads only
GOP Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloLawmakers laud diversity gains in Congress Nation's fraught politics leads to fear, scars and exits Direct air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy MORE (Florida's 26th District): $1.67 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. Andy BarrAndy BarrThe IMF has lost its way Republicans press Biden administration to maintain sanctions against Taliban World Bank suspends aid to Afghanistan after Taliban takeover MORE (Kentucky's 6th District): $1.8 million on TV, also on digital
GOP Rep. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinMaine Republican announces bid to return to Congress Trump battle with Fox News revived by Arizona projection Rep. Jared Golden wins reelection in Maine 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 PaulsenThe Biden 15 percent global tax puts foreign companies ahead of American workers House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations GOP Rep. Tom Reed accused of sexual misconduct 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 MacArthurChamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Republican David Richter wins NJ primary in race to challenge Rep. Andy Kim What to watch in New Jersey's primaries on Tuesday MORE (New Jersey's 3rd District): $1.4 million on TV, also on digital
GOP Rep. Leonard LanceLeonard LanceKean Jr. to run against Malinowski: report Thomas Kean wins GOP primary to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski Gun debate to shape 2020 races 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 KatkoLawmakers advocate for establishment of standalone House and Senate cyber panels Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Facebook experiences widespread outage Lawmakers introduce bill to identify and protect critical groups from cyber threats MORE (New York's 24th District): digital ads only
GOP Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddDemocratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Democrats look to make debt ceiling a winning issue Veteran, author launches US Senate campaign in North Carolina MORE (North Carolina's 13th District): digital ads only
GOP Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickLaws should unite, not divide Army veteran unveils challenge to Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania House race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (Pennsylvania's 8th District): $1.4 million on TV, also on digital
GOP Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusConor Lamb defeats Trump-backed challenger for reelection in Pennsylvania CNN's Tapper tried to talk GOP candidate out of running against Democratic incumbent: report Lobbying world MORE (Pennsylvania's 12th District): digital ads only
GOP Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonNASA's Europa Clipper has been liberated from the Space Launch System Texas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells 2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program MORE (Texas's 7th District): $2.45 million on TV, also on digital
GOP Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (Texas's 23rd District): $2.1 million on TV, also on digital
GOP Rep. Scott TaylorScott William TaylorElaine Luria endorses McAuliffe for governor in Virginia Democratic primary Luria holds onto Virginia House seat Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch MORE (Virginia's 2nd District): digital ads only
GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersOur military shouldn't be held hostage to 'water politics' Senators gear up for bipartisan grilling of Facebook execs House passes bill to ensure abortion access in response to Texas law MORE (Washington's 5th District): digital ads only
Open seat (Washington's 8th District): $2.1 million on TV, also on digital