Senate GOP PAC books millions in red state ad spending

Senate GOP PAC books millions in red state ad spending
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The super PAC tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGreen New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault MORE (R-Ky.) has reserved more than $16 million in late television spending in three red states crucial to the GOP’s hopes of expanding their majority.
 
The Senate Leadership Fund said Monday it had reserved $7.1 million in Indiana, where Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (D) faces former state legislator Mike Braun (R); $4.2 million in Tennessee, where former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) will face Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Dem lawmaker invites Parkland survivor to attend State of the Union Bipartisan senators press Trump for strategy to protect Syrian Kurds MORE (R); and $5 million in West Virginia, where Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick MORE (D) faces Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R).
 
The group’s Democratic counterpart, the Senate Majority PAC, has booked $80 million in television advertising across nine states, ads that are set to begin after Labor Day.
 
The Democratic PAC declined to detail its spending by state. But partial advertising data provided by a Republican source shows the Senate Majority PAC has purchased at least $4.5 million in Indiana, $2 million in Tennessee and $3.8 million in West Virginia.
 
Those figures are likely to grow as the Senate Majority PAC finalizes its purchases.
 
The Senate Leadership Fund had already purchased more than $10 million in television time in Missouri and Nevada, where Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMcCaskill: Lindsey Graham 'has lost his mind' Trey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government MORE (D) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (R), respectively, are running for reelection. The group blocked off $2.3 million in air time in North Dakota for spots aimed at Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (D).
 
All told, the Republican super PAC has booked $40.3 million in television time, about half of what the Senate Majority PAC says it has reserved.
 
Committees buying television time do not actually have to send payment until the ads are set to run. According to the most recent campaign finance reports, the Senate Majority PAC had $29 million in the bank, more than double the $13.5 million the Senate Leadership Fund had in the bank.
 
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, similarly, has a big cash lead over its Republican counterpart. That group had $34 million in the bank as of the end of May, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee had $16.3 million in reserve.