WASHINGTON – NBC News recently detailed Congressional Leadership Fund’s (@CLFSuperPAC) Super Saturday efforts in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, featuring its hyper-targeted, data-driven national field program. NBC News highlighted the Super Saturday outreach activities consisting of “knocking on doors, handing out flyers, and calling voters” while also noting CLF has made over 15 million voter contacts since 2017. View NBC’s Super Saturday coverage here.
GOP Volunteers Hit Streets To Save House From ‘Blue Wave’
Thousands of Republican volunteers were deployed this weekend in a “Super Saturday” push to protect their House majority — knocking on doors, handing out flyers, and calling voters.
The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a super PAC backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, has been aggressive on television airwaves, but Saturday showcased their national field operation, making around 400,000 contacts with voters.
Since 2017, the group’s tallied 15 million interactions, already reaching many on their data-driven list of conservative and swing voters multiple times.
“We’re having these ongoing conversations with voters. Giving them that extra reason to go out and vote, hopefully that juices turnout for Republicans in the midterms,” CLF Communications Director Courtney Alexander told NBC News.
“We’re targeting local issues in local communities, it’s different in each congressional district,” Alexander said when asked about the message to voters. “Here in Illinois we’re talking about the Great Lakes, whereas in Washington we’re talking about Salmon hatcheries, and in Florida we’re talking about the Everglades.”
One of their top targets is Illinois sixth congressional district, home to Republican Rep. Peter Roskam. Roskam has been reelected by near 20-point margins in the past, but represents a suburban Chicago district that Hillary Clinton won by seven points.
It’s a top target for national and state Democrats and CFL knows this, building a field office in a low-profile office building deep in the district.
The room mirrors a typical campaign office, filled with GOP-themed posters, flyers advocating for the congressman, and a whiteboard listing weekly contact goals.
Their aim: to keep Roskam’s Democratic challenger Sean Casten at a distance.