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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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 DenhamEx-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm Crazy California an outlier? No, we are the canary in the coal mine Polling editor says news outlets should be more cautious calling elections 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 Coffman20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Denver Post editorial board says Gardner endorsement was 'mistake' Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign MORE (Colorado's 6th District): $2.3 million on TV,  also on digital

GOP Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastGOP launches anti-BDS discharge petition Conserving tiny forage fish, the heroes of our shared ocean ecosystem Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE (Florida's 18th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloDisinvited GOP lawmaker turns up at Dem hearing Overnight Energy: 2020 rivals rip Biden over expected 'middle ground' climate plan | Dems cancel plans to invite Republican to testify on climate change | House passes .2B disaster aid bill over Trump objections Dems cancel plans to bring in Republican as climate change witness MORE (Florida's 26th District): $1.67 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamBlue states angry over SALT cap should give fiscal sobriety a try Illinois Dems offer bill to raise SALT deduction cap Illinois New Members 2019 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 YoderK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Kansas Senate race splits wide open without Pompeo Mike Pompeo to speak at Missouri-Kansas Forum amid Senate bid speculation MORE (Kansas's 3rd District): $1.7 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Andy BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrDying on the track: Horse racing is at a crossroads On The Money: House chairman issues subpoenas for Trump's tax returns | Trump touts trade talks as China, US fail to reach deal | Five things to know about Trump's trade war with China | GOP offers support for Trump on tariffs GOP offers support for Trump on China tariffs MORE (Kentucky's 6th District): $1.8 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinMaking the case for ranked-choice voting The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Maine governor certifies Dem's win in disputed House race, but calls it 'stolen election' 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 PaulsenFight over Trump's new NAFTA hits key stretch Blue states angry over SALT cap should give fiscal sobriety a try Push for ‘Medicare for all’ worries centrist Dems 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 MacArthurRepublicans spend more than million at Trump properties The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority 10 things we learned from the midterms MORE (New Jersey's 3rd District): $1.4 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Leonard LanceLeonard LancePush for ‘Medicare for all’ worries centrist Dems Incoming 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 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 KatkoAfter National Police Week, clearer heads must prevail in legislation slashing Amtrak security Here are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act MORE (New York's 24th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddBlockchain could spark renaissance economy GOP's Tillis comes under pressure for taking on Trump The 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution MORE (North Carolina's 13th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHere are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act This week: House to vote on bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination MORE (Pennsylvania's 8th District): $1.4 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Pennsylvania New Members 2019 MORE (Pennsylvania's 12th District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE (Texas's 7th District): $2.45 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats talk subpoena for Mueller Here are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act MORE (Texas's 23rd District): $2.1 million on TV, also on digital

GOP Rep. Scott TaylorScott William TaylorVirginia special prosecutor indicts former GOP campaign staffer The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Ex-GOP Rep. Ryan Costello joins group pushing carbon tax MORE (Virginia's 2nd District): digital ads only

GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersLawmakers celebrate 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote The GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House McCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress MORE (Washington's 5th District): digital ads only

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