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 New Members 2019 Republicans pick up seat in Minnesota’s ‘Iron range’ How America’s urban-rural divide is changing the Democratic Party MORE (D-Minn.), who won reelection in 2016 despite President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 DenhamCrazy California an outlier? No, we are the canary in the coal mine Polling editor says news outlets should be more cautious calling elections Rep. Valadao officially concedes in California race MORE (California's 10th District): $2.35 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoThe 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 Rep. Valadao officially concedes in California race 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 CoffmanTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Gardner gets latest Democratic challenge from former state senator Gardner, Portman endorse Trump for 2020 MORE (Colorado's 6th District): $2.3 million on TV,  also on digital

GOP Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastDems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland House panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE (Florida's 18th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor GOP rep will ‘probably’ support measure to back Paris climate pact MORE (Florida's 26th District): $1.67 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamIllinois New Members 2019 Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses 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 YoderMike Pompeo to speak at Missouri-Kansas Forum amid Senate bid speculation Yoder, Messer land on K Street Bold, bipartisan action on child care will win plenty of friends MORE (Kansas's 3rd District): $1.7 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Andy BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrSchumer urging ex-congressional candidate Amy McGrath to run against McConnell House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 Poll shows 25 percent view McConnell favorably, lowest among leaders in survey MORE (Kentucky's 6th District): $1.8 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinMaine governor certifies Dem's win in disputed House race, but calls it 'stolen election' GOP lawmaker to drop challenge to Maine's new voting system GOP lawmaker to appeal judge's ruling upholding Maine's new voting system 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 PaulsenLawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game The 8 House Republicans who voted against Trump’s border wall Minnesota New Members 2019 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 MacArthur 10 things we learned from the midterms New Jersey New Members 2019 On The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal MORE (New Jersey's 3rd District): $1.4 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Leonard LanceLeonard LanceIncoming Dem lawmaker: Trump 'sympathizes' with leaders 'accused of moral transgressions' On The Money: Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority | Grassley opts for Finance gavel, setting Graham up for Judiciary | Trump says China eager for trade deal | Facebook reeling after damning NYT report Tax law failed to save GOP majority 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 KatkoOvernight Defense: Gillibrand offers bill to let transgender troops serve | Pentagon ready to protect US personnel in Venezuela | Dems revive fight with Trump over Saudis Gillibrand introduces bipartisan bill to allow transgender military service House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE (New York's 24th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 Republican Ted Budd holds off challenger to win reelection in North Carolina Election Day: An hour-by-hour viewer’s guide MORE (North Carolina's 13th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland House panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales Overnight Energy: Court rules for Trump in environmental case over border wall | House bill would stop Alaska refuge drilling | Ads target Dems over Green New Deal MORE (Pennsylvania's 8th District): $1.4 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusTrump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Pennsylvania New Members 2019 Pennsylvania Dem: Trump has proven he's 'interested in negotiating' MORE (Pennsylvania's 12th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonDCCC official says Democrats look to make 'big gains' in Texas, Georgia Democrats need a worthy climate plan NASA lost key support to explore Jupiter's moon MORE (Texas's 7th District): $2.45 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdImmigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security Advocacy groups want border-for-Dreamers deal ahead of Feb. 15 deadline Bill Maher draws backlash for making Popeyes comment to black congressman MORE (Texas's 23rd District): $2.1 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Scott TaylorScott William TaylorEx-GOP Rep. Ryan Costello joins group pushing carbon tax Virginia New Members 2019 Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — First lady's office pushes for ouster of national security aide | Trump taps retired general as ambassador to Saudis | Mattis to visit border troops | Record number of female veterans to serve in Congress MORE (Virginia's 2nd District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersHillicon Valley: Republicans demand answers from mobile carriers on data practices | Top carriers to stop selling location data | DOJ probing Huawei | T-Mobile execs stayed at Trump hotel as merger awaited approval House Republicans question mobile carriers on data practices Washington governor announces killer whale recovery plan MORE (Washington's 5th District): digital ads only

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