After an establishment group promised to target conservatives who have bucked House Speaker John Boehner on the Department of Homeland Security funding bill, the Club for Growth has stepped in and said it would stand behind them, National Journal reported
The American Action Network, an establishment Republican nonprofit, said it would target House members who have voted to block funding for the department by launching an ad campaign.
Specifically, the group said it would spend $400,000 on Tuesday and Wednesday on TV, radio, and digital ads urging the lawmakers to vote for a bill to fund the department, the Journal said.
"Some in Washington are willing to put our security at risk by jeopardizing critical security funding," the TV ad's narrator says, showing images of what appear to be terrorists. "That's the wrong message to send to our enemies."
A similar radio ad will air on The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Sean Hannity Show, according to the Journal.
The Club for Growth is hitting back, saying it would support the lawmakers who have gone against the speaker over DHS funding.
"What's next? Will Speaker Boehner run ads against House conservatives who oppose raising the debt ceiling or support eliminating the corporate welfare slush fund that is the Export-Import Bank?" David McIntosh, Club for Growth president, said, according to the Journal.
"We have a message for those House Republicans who might be targeted: If the Speaker of the House attacks you for standing up for economic freedom and limited government, the Club for Growth PAC will have your back."
Later this week, establishment lawmakers may once again clash with conservatives as the House attempts to pass a funding bill for the DHS without immigration amendments. The leadership will likely prevail with the help of Democrats.
Conservatives are already critical of Boehner's plan to pass a clean bill and are already voicing their opposition
"So he just caved in there," Kansas GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp said, according to the Journal. "Guess he forgot that a number of us had recommended that his was a poor strategy back in December."
Huelskamp is among a number of lawmakers that are being targeted by the American Action Network in the media ads, including Reps. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Raul Labrador of Idaho, Morgan Griffith of Virginia, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Ted Yoho of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, Tom Rice of South Carolina, Jody Hice of Georgia, and Barry Loudermilk of Georgia.
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