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GOP House super PAC reserves $48 million in fall TV ads

GOP House super PAC reserves $48 million in fall TV ads
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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 John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE winning the district by double digits.

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The ads will run in some of the cycle’s top House races as Democrats look to flip 24 seats to take back the lower chamber.

“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 DenhamBusiness groups breathe sigh of relief over prospect of divided government Ex-RNC, Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy charged in covert lobbying scheme Bottom line MORE (California's 10th District): $2.35 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Ex-GOP Rep. David Valadao up 11 points over Democrat TJ Cox in California House race: poll Republicans uncomfortably playing defense 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 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' Colorado governor directs officials to reexamine death of Elijah McClain in police custody MORE (Colorado's 6th District): $2.3 million on TV,  also on digital

GOP Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Mast fends off Democratic challenge to retain Florida House seat Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates MORE (Florida's 18th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members House adjusts format for dinner with new members after criticism Former GOP congressman calls for Biden to receive presidential briefings MORE (Florida's 26th District): $1.67 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamPostcards become unlikely tool in effort to oust Trump Bottom line Lobbying world MORE (Illinois's 6th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Mike BostMichael (Mike) J. BostMORE (Illinois's 12th District): $2 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. Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderBottom line Amanda Adkins wins GOP primary to challenge Rep. Sharice Davids Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' MORE (Kansas's 3rd District): $1.7 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Andy BarrAndy BarrRep. Andy Barr beats back Democratic challenge in Kentucky Reclaiming the American Dream Powell, Mnuchin stress limits of current emergency lending programs MORE (Kentucky's 6th District): $1.8 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinTrump battle with Fox News revived by Arizona projection Rep. Jared Golden wins reelection in Maine Senate control in flux as counting goes forward in key states 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 PaulsenMinnesota Rep. Dean Phillips wins primary Pass USMCA Coalition drops stance on passing USMCA Two swing-district Democrats raise impeachment calls after whistleblower reports 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 LanceThomas Kean wins GOP primary to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski Gun debate to shape 2020 races GOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs 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 KatkoRundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Republicans who could serve in a Biden government Fitzpatrick wins reelection in Pennsylvania MORE (New York's 24th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddNorth Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid House Dems introduce bill to require masks on planes and in airports Bipartisan bill introduced to require TSA to take temperature checks MORE (North Carolina's 13th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDivided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Down ballot races carry environmental implications | US officially exits Paris climate accord  Fitzpatrick wins reelection in Pennsylvania 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 CulbersonTexas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells 2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Bottom line MORE (Texas's 7th District): $2.45 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities MORE (Texas's 23rd District): $2.1 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Scott TaylorScott William TaylorLuria holds onto Virginia House seat Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Bottom line MORE (Virginia's 2nd District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Republicans in campaign mode for top spots on House environmental committees | Peterson loss prompts scramble for House Agriculture chair Republicans in campaign mode for top spots on House environmental committees Conservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform MORE (Washington's 5th District): digital ads only

Open seat (Washington's 8th District): $2.1 million on TV, also on digital