Ad-buying plans show Minnesota’s importance in fall congressional races

In case you needed any further convincing that Minnesota is currently among the key battleground states in the 2018 race for control of the House of Representatives, National Journal’s “Hotline” publishes the list of 20 races on which the Congressional Leadership Fund has budgeted for and reserved time for TV advertising, and Minnesota rates two of the 20, and among the biggest amounts of spending.

Congressional Leadership Fund is a superpac that works to elect Republicans to the U.S. House. It has booked reservations for $38 million of spending on TV ads in furtherance of that goal, spread across 20 races, including the Minnesota 3rd Congressional District, where Republican incumbent Rep. Erik Paulsen is preparing for a stiff challenge from Democrat Dean Phillips. The CLF has reserved time for $2.3 million in TV ads in that race, plus an undisclosed additional amount for online ads.

The single biggest budget, in this round of CLF ad buying, is $2.6 million for TV ads in Minnesota’s 8th District, where the retirement of incumbent DFLer Rick Nolan has set off a toss-up race. The final lineup for that one won’t be known until after a primary.

The only state to get more attention is California, where CLF is investing in three House races, but, of course, that’s out of a much larger number of districts. After that, Minnesota and Kansas were the only states targeted for CLF ad spending in two races, and the amounts of the buys were higher in Minnesota.

Politico published the list of the states and races in which CLF plans to advertise and the amounts.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 04/18/2018 - 09:01 am.

    And how about the biggest accomplishment of the GOP and best selling point for GOP election hopefuls ??

    Not too well…

    But don’t take my word for it — take the American Enterprise Institute’s. In a new polling analysis, the right-wing think tank concedes that “overall opinion [of the Trump Tax Cuts] is still more negative than positive,” while an overwhelming majority of Americans say that their paychecks haven’t grown conspicuously fatter.

    The most recent poll on the legislation is particularly grim: This month, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal found that the tax cuts have grown more unpopular since taking effect, with just 27 percent of Americans calling the legislation a “good idea,” and 36 percent deeming it a “bad one.” What’s more, just 39 percent of the public expects the tax cuts to have a “positive impact” by strengthening the economy and growing jobs — while 53 percent foresee a negative impact from “higher deficits and disproportionate benefits for the wealthy and big corporations.”

    In its analysis of the tax law’s reception, AEI offers its donors the following note of consolation: “[T]hese early soundings may mean very little. Taxes rarely rank high as top voting issues. The economy’s performance could be more important for voters.”

    (end quote)

    So the hopeful note for the hopeful politician on the win of the year…Taxes rarely rank high as top voting issues

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 04/18/2018 - 12:13 pm.


      It is staggering to think that the GOP managed to pass an unpopular tax cut. You really have to stop and think about that for it to sink in.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/18/2018 - 09:07 am.

    Why not be honest

    and call it ‘vote buying’.
    The new American Democracy: one dollar one vote, according to Citizens United.

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