House GOP super PAC seeks to shore up additional Republican seats

Congressional Leadership Fund is booking $18 million in new ads, including in Alaska, Arkansas and North Carolina.

9/25/2020 4:50:00 PM

Congressional Leadership Fund is booking $18 million in new ads, including in Alaska, Arkansas and North Carolina as a backstop to prevent any surprises on Election Day

Congressional Leadership Fund is booking $18 million in new ads, including in Alaska, Arkansas and North Carolina.

House Republicans’ chief super PAC is laying down $18 million in a new wave of ad reservations that ups the pressure on some top Democratic targets but also prepares for an unfavorable political environment by placing buys in deep-red seats.The new reservations from Congressional Leadership Fund are spread out over roughly 25 districts and bring its total spending for the cycle to nearly $110 million, according to plans shared first with POLITICO. The largest of the reservations will pummel freshman Democrats in Trump-friendly areas — but the group is also making sizable investments in GOP-held districts on the fringes of the House map in Arkansas, Alaska, central Virginia and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’ old seat in western North Carolina.

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AdvertisementOperatives for the group described those buys, which include broadcast, cable, radio and digital, as a backstop to prevent any surprises on Election Day — but they are also a sign that the GOP is playing more defense than it expected to at the start of the cycle.

“CLF is doubling down and pressing even deeper into our top offensive opportunities, reinforcing our swing-seat incumbents and providing a small insurance policy in a few seats to ensure a win this November,” CLF President Dan Conston said in a statement.

Notable new reservations include $865,000 to boost Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska); $500,000 to help Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.), $500,000 for Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), $750,000 for Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), $740,000 for Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and $750,000 for an open seat in central Virginia where Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) lost renomination in a district convention.

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