Two outside GOP groups spending $13.5 million on House races

Two outside GOP groups spending $13.5 million on House races
The Hill
Alexandra Jaffe
October 9, 2012


Two Republican groups are spending at least $13.5 million in the final months leading up to the election in competitive House races nationwide.

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) and the American Action Network (AAN) will launch big-dollar efforts in over a dozen races, an effort to shore up an outside cash disparity that has thus far favored Democrats

Though the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has outspent its Democratic counterpart nearly 2-1 this cycle, outside Democratic groups have spent $7 million more than Republican groups. This new infusion of cash from the CLF and AAN will more than level that playing field.

And while the fundamentals of the House battle still favor Republicans, the new investment will go far to help vulnerable incumbents like Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack, Florida. Rep. Daniel Webster, Texas Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco and California Rep. Jeff Denham.

The CLF will also target a number of Democratic lawmakers whose seats remain potential pickup opportunities for the GOP, like Rep. Lois Capps in California and Rep. Kathy Hochul in New York. The high number of competitive districts in both of those states has made them particularly fierce battlegrounds for control of the House, even as the presidential race has largely passed them by.

They’ll also be targeting Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre in North Carolina, among others.

Prior to this new infusion of cash, the two groups had spent a combined $2.8 million this cycle.