Three outside Republican political groups are spending $7 million worth of television ads to back Republican House candidates in close races.
Two groups closely tied to the House GOP leadership –The American Action Network, an advocacy organization, and super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund — are putting $3 million into races in the Midwest, California, and Texas, Politico
Meanwhile, the YG Action Fund, a super PAC connected to Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is shelling out $4 million on ads in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Massachusetts.
American Action and Congressional Leadership are backing mainly incumbents, while YG Action is working on behalf of those challenging Democratic incumbents.
In the $3 million of ads starting this week the target is the Democrats’ agenda under Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. For example, the Congressional Leadership Fund is spending $1 million to link Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton to Pelosi. Sutton faces freshman Republican Rep. Jim Renacci in a new district.
“In Washington, she works for Pelosi, not Ohio,” the ad says. It cites Sutton’s support for the healthcare reform law, a cap-and-trade energy bill, and stimulus spending. Sutton supported Pelosi’s position in 99 percent of her votes, the ad says.
An American Action Network ad for California Rep. Jeff Denham portrays his Democratic opponent Jose Hernandez as a carpet-bagger who wants to raise taxes but once had a tax lien on his business. The ad cost $540,000.
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