Conservative group pledges $2.5 million for 12 House GOP candidates

Conservative group pledges $2.5 million for 12 House GOP candidates
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Heritage Action for America on Wednesday identified 12 House Republican candidates that it will back with ad campaigns totaling $2.5 million ahead of the November midterm elections.

The contributions will go to support a handful of GOP incumbents in races deemed a "toss-up" by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report: Reps. Rod Blum (Iowa), Andy BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrGOP super PAC ad targets McGrath as ‘Pelosi liberal’ in Kentucky It’s possible to protect national security without jeopardizing the economy Video shows GOP donor confronting Dem staffer on camera MORE (Ky.), Mike Bishop (Mich.) and Dave Brat (Va.).

The ad buy will also support two candidates running in races that "lean Democratic" — Assemblyman Jay Webber (N.J.) and Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusConservative group pledges .5 million for 12 House GOP candidates Election handicapper moves GOP leader's race to 'toss-up' Buckle your seatbelts for 100 days of political drama before midterms MORE (Pa.) — along with half a dozen that are rated as lean or likely going toward the GOP: Reps. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddTrump calls North Carolina redistricting ruling ‘unfair’ The Hill's Morning Report: Trump shifts campaign focus from Senate to House Conservative group pledges .5 million for 12 House GOP candidates MORE (N.C.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerCongress should provide parents an opportunity to care for newborn and adopted children Paid family leave could give new parents a much-needed lifeline Vulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders MORE (Mo.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotSupport the Trademark Licensing Protection Act Congress losing faith in Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi The stakes are sky-high for the pro-life cause in the upcoming midterms MORE (Ohio) and Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryCook Political Report moves 4 GOP seats to 'toss-up' category Conservative group pledges .5 million for 12 House GOP candidates Lawmaker lists fake Sacha Baron Cohen award on campaign site MORE (Pa.), and state Rep. Yvette Herrell (N.M.) and Mark Harris in North Carolina.

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The conservative activist group said the money will be spent on advertising over digital, print and television platforms.

“We believe our organization is uniquely positioned to protect conservative seats in Congress and preserve the Republican majority," Heritage Action executive director Tim Chapman said in a statement.

"This effort will enable Heritage Action to effectively leverage our grassroots and government relations efforts to fulfill our core mission — enacting conservative policy into law," he added.

The group used its announcement Wednesday to tout the tax-cut plan President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE signed into law in December, highlighting what it says are higher paychecks for families.

Republicans face an uphill battle to maintain their majority in the House this fall, facing a record number of GOP retirements — many in competitive districts — and a series of generic ballot polls that have them trailing by high single digits or low double digits.