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 McConnellGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Trump's Teflon problem: Nothing sticks, including the 'wins' Senate Republican says lawmakers can't 'boil down' what a Court nominee would do in one case like Roe v. Wade 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 DonnellyTrump taps Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court, setting up confirmation sprint Trump plans to pick Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on court Harris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle 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 BlackburnNetflix distances from author's comments about Muslim Uyghurs but defends project Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Key Democrat opposes GOP Section 230 subpoena for Facebook, Twitter, Google MORE (R); and $5 million in West Virginia, where Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSunday Shows: Trump's court pick dominates Manchin opposes adding justices to the court Trump taps Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court, setting up confirmation sprint 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 McCaskillMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Democratic-linked group runs ads in Kansas GOP Senate primary Trump mocked for low attendance at rally MORE (D) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play 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 HeitkampHarris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle Centrists, progressives rally around Harris pick for VP 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents 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.