ICYMI: CLF’s August Surprise: 16 T.V. And Digital Ad Campaigns In 14 Congressional Districts

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, Congressional Leadership Fund (@CLFSuperPAC), the super PAC endorsed by House Republican leadership, released 16 T.V. and digital ad campaigns in 14 congressional districts across the country over the past two weeks in an “August Surprise.” See highlights of this week’s ad coverage below and read more about CLF’s aggressive strategy here.

Early Ad Blitz By Conservative Super PAC Shows It’s Serious About Keeping House Seats In California
Christine Mai-Duc
Los Angeles Times

A conservative super PAC trying help the GOP hold onto its majority in the House burst onto Southern California’s pricey airwaves this week with more than $2.5 million worth of buys across four congressional districts.

Watch the ad, “Gas Tax,” here.

Paul Ryan super PAC calls Democratic candidate a sexual harasser
David Drucker
The Washington Examiner

The super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was scheduled Wednesday to hit Los Angeles television with an advertisement that accuses Democrat Gil Cisneros of being a sexual harasser who invested money in Iran.

Watch the ad, “Prize,” here.

California Playbook
Jeremy White and Carla Marinucci

The House-GOP-affiliated Congressional Leadership Fund has released its first ads attacking Katie Hill and Katie Porter, who are running to unseat Reps. Steve Knight and Mimi Walters, respectively. The spot targeting Hill seeks to drag her down by tying her to a gas tax that Republicans are using to try and harness voter discontent; the ad assailing Porter also invokes the gas tax but casts a wider net, also excoriating her support for Medicare for All and for sanctuary cities. You can watch the Hill spot here and the Porter spot here.

Watch the ad, “Liberal,” here.

California Playbook
Jeremy White and Carla Marinucci

The Congressional Leadership Fund isn’t done yet, announcing a new six-figure ad campaign targeting Democrat Harley Rouda in CA-48. The spot takes aim at the business record of Rouda, who is trying to topple Rohrabacher, saying he invested in a business that “outsourced American jobs to China” and profited from “sweatshop labor.” You can watch the ad here.

Watch the ad, “Shady,” here.

Illinois Playbook
Shia Kapos and Garrett Ross

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC endorsed by the House Republican leadership, has placed $555,000 in TV and digital advertising for Congressman Peter Roskam… The ad released today is titled “Greed” and targets Casten and his business record.

Watch the ad, “Greed,” here.

Democrat Paul Davis responds to attack by U.S. House Republican super PAC
Tim Carpenter
Topeka Capital-Journal

The Republican super PAC working to block Democratic takeover of the U.S. House in November unleashed an attack ad Wednesday portraying Kansas congressional nominee Paul Davis as an ally of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Watch the ad, “This Time,” here.

Davids campaign responds to attack ad, says Yoder can’t hide from record
Sherman Smith
Topeka Capital-Journal

A new attack ad from a Republican super PAC takes aim at Democrat Sharice Davids for her support for health care reform. In a recurring theme, the ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund also describes Davids as a liberal ally of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Watch the ad, “Pelosi Liberal,” here.

McGrath responds as three new GOP attack ads flood the airwaves of Central Kentucky
Daniel Desrochers
Lexington Herald-Leader

The latest ads — two for television and one for radio — feature political messages familiar to the voters of Central Kentucky. They criticize McGrath for opposing the Republican tax overhaul, accuse her of being lax on immigration and attempt to tie her to national Democrats.

Watch the ad, “Hannah,” here.

Watch the ad, “Safe,” here.

Paul Ryan’s Super PAC takes aim at Democrat Jared Golden in new TV ad
Steve Collins
Sun Journal

A political action committee tied to the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to release its first television advertisement of the campaign Wednesday, charging that Democratic congressional hopeful Jared Golden will support tax increases if he makes it to Capitol Hill.

Watch the ad, “Imagine,” here.

Morning Score
Zach Montellaro

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the outside group tied to House GOP leadership, is going up with its first television ad in Minnesota’s 8th District… The ad hits Radinovich for wanting to raise taxes and says he “was cited 30 times for not paying court fines.”

Watch the ad, “Typical Politician,” here.

2018 elections: Andy Kim comes under attack from GOP Super PAC in NJ battleground race
Herb Jackson
North Jersey Record

Democrat Andy Kim is attacked as a liberal “Washington insider” and “not one of us” in a television ad released Wednesday by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Republican leaders that has reserved $1.4 million in TV airtime for Kim’s race against Rep. Tom MacArthur.

Watch the ad, “Washington Insider,” here.

Midterm 2018 elections: GOP super PAC ad praises Leonard Lance, hits Tom Malinowski
Herb Jackson
North Jersey Record

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, launched a $700,000 cable TV and Internet commercial campaign Thursday that praises Lance for bipartisanship while attacking his Democratic opponent, Tom Malinowski.

Watch the ad, “Different,” here.

House Candidate’s ‘Offensive’ Rap Lyrics Called Out In Attack Ad
Carl Campanile
New York Post

A GOP political action committee put up a hard-hitting TV ad Friday attacking what it called “offensive and sexist” lyrics of a former rapper turned Democratic candidate for Congress in the Hudson Valley region.

Watch the ad, “Voice,” here.

GOP super PAC’s ad campaign links Brindisi to Pelosi, Silver
Robert Harding
The Citizen

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super political action committee linked to House Republican leaders, released a 30-second television commercial and a minute-long radio advertisement linking Brindisi, D-Utica, to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Watch the ad, “Big Lie,” here.

$1 million ad buy pegs Brindisi as ‘tax and spend’ rubber stamp
Chris Bragg
Albany Times Union

The initial television ad from CLF portrays Brindisi as a “tax and spend” rubber stamp for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and as a member of the Democratic Assembly conference, for ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was convicted on corruption charges earlier this year.

Watch the ad, “Tax and Spend,” here.