Democratic group launches $2.5M in ads backing vulnerable Dems on drug prices

Democratic group launches $2.5M in ads backing vulnerable Dems on drug prices
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A Democratic group on Friday announced $2.5 million in ads backing vulnerable House Democrats and touting their votes on a bill to lower drug prices. 

The TV and digital ads in 16 House districts are from the group House Majority Forward, which is affiliated with House Majority PAC, a group seeking to maintain House control for Democrats next year.

“Lower drug prices, no more price gouging. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerDemocrat unveils bill to allow only House members to serve as Speaker Moderate Democrats call for 9/11-style panel to probe COVID-19 origins Former staffer of Bob McDonnell launches challenge against Spanberger in Virginia MORE, thank you for fighting for us,” says one of the ads, backing Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), a freshman lawmaker facing a tough reelection next year. 

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The ads come after the House passed Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' MORE’s (D-Calif.) sweeping bill to allow the government to negotiate lower drug prices on Thursday and House Judiciary Committee Democrats approved articles of impeachment Friday morning. 

The drug pricing bill is a major part of Democrats’ message in next year’s election, as the party seeks to show it is focused on kitchen table issues, not just impeachment proceedings. Some vulnerable House Democrats are facing a tough vote on impeachment next week, and would rather highlight issues like drug pricing.  

In addition to Spanberger, the ads will also back vulnerable Democratic Reps. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerEx-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa GOP hammers Democrats over Iowa Democrat's election challenge Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win MORE (Iowa), Cindy AxneCindy AxneOvernight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Abortion rights group endorsing 12 House Democrats ahead of midterms House GOP campaign arm hits vulnerable Democrats on inflation in July 4 ad campaign MORE (Iowa), Jared Golden (Maine), Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role House passes host of bills to strengthen cybersecurity in wake of attacks Democrat unveils bill to allow only House members to serve as Speaker MORE (Mich.), Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensOvernight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Abortion rights group endorsing 12 House Democrats ahead of midterms House GOP campaign arm hits vulnerable Democrats on inflation in July 4 ad campaign MORE (Mich.), Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.), Andy Kim (N.J.), Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.), Max RoseMax RoseOvernight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage Austin sworn in as nation's first Black Pentagon chief We lost in November — we're proud we didn't take corporate PAC money MORE (N.Y.), Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoSix takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuomo job approval drops 6 points amid nursing home controversy: poll Cuomo takes heat from all sides on nursing home scandal MORE (N.Y.), Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.), Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornWhy does Rep. Johnson oppose NASA's commercial human landing system? The US's investment in AI is lagging, we have a chance to double it What should Biden do with NASA and the Artemis Program? MORE (Okla.), Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamTop cyber Pentagon official overseeing defense contractor project placed on leave Joe Cunningham to enter race for South Carolina governor Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' MORE (S.C.), Ben McAdams (Utah) and Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaMisled condemnation of the Lebanese Armed Forces will help Hezbollah Clyburn: Trump could be called to testify before Jan. 6 panel The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Trump Org CFO's expected indictment MORE (Va.).

All but two House Republicans voted against the bill, arguing it would hinder the development of new treatments and impose “price controls.”