Democrat Super PAC Banks $6.5M for TV Ads in 24 Key House Races

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 01:18 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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A Democrat super PAC plans to blitz the airwaves in the fall with TV ads in two dozen key House races as the embattled party faces a GOP onslaught fueled by cash from the conservative Koch brothers.

The House Majority PAC, the leading political action committee backing Democratic candidates for the House, has earmarked $6.5 million for the midterm campaign to pay for the commercials, according to The Washington Post.

Seventy-five percent of the 24 districts in which the super PAC has reserved air time before the November elections are controlled by Democrats, proving that the party faces a fierce fight in a slew of vulnerable seats.

"By placing these reservations early, we will make our dollars go further and ensure we have the air time to effectively fight back against the flood of Koch brothers’ dollars,” Alixandria Lapp, House Majority PAC's executive director, told the Post.

With the GOP likely to stage a relentless attack against Obamacare in the midterm campaigns, the Democrats’ House Majority PAC is going to bat for three Arizona Reps., Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Kyrsten Sinema, as well as a trio of California Reps., Ami Bera, Raul Ruiz, and Scott Peters.

The group is also hoping to safeguard Illinois Reps. Brad Schneider and Cheri Bustos, along with three Democratic representatives in New York districts and two in New Hampshire, the Post reported.

The House Majority PAC also has set its sights on some seat held by Republicans, including those of Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, Florida Rep. Steve Southerland, New York’s Michael Grimm, John Kline of Minnesota, Rodney Davis of Illinois, and Iowa's 3rd district where Rep. Tom Latham is retiring.

Embattled Democrat Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia is not part of the super PAC’s strategy to date, even though he has been the target of a series of GOP attack ads.

The seats being vacated by retiring Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, both expected to be captured by Republicans, also have been excluded.

The Democrats must take back 17 seats from the GOP to regain the House, which is deemed highly unlikely.

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