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 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 (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 RothfusTrump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Pennsylvania New Members 2019 Pennsylvania Dem: Trump has proven he's 'interested in negotiating' MORE (Pa.) — along with half a dozen that are rated as lean or likely going toward the GOP: Reps. 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 (N.C.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race House Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for Scalise, Wagner plan to introduce discharge petition for abortion bill MORE (Mo.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race House Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE (Ohio) and Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 House passes bill expressing support for NATO McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader 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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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.