House Democrats ramping up to spend $35 million on TV ads


The AP reports House Democrats have reserved millions worth of television advertising in 31 congressional races in all corners of the country, according to documentation that provides an early roadmap of the party‘s drive to strengthen its majority in the fall elections. In all, the material obtained by The Associated Press shows the DCCC has reserved nearly $35 million in advertising to begin in September and October.

The list, says the article, includes 19 seats currently in Republican hands, from Connecticut to Alaska, with two each in Ohio and New Mexico. It also reflects a determination on the part of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to protect its own first-term incumbents in Kansas, New Hampshire, Florida and elsewhere.

The Democratic advertising targets include Republican Reps. Don Young of Alaska, Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado, Chris Shays of Connecticut, Tom Feeney of Florida, Tim Wahlberg and Joe Knollenberg of Michigan, Robin Hayes of North Carolina, Jon Porter of Nevada and Steve Chabot of Ohio.

Democratic incumbents whose districts are targeted for help include Reps. Harry Mitchell of Arizona, Tim Mahoney of Florida, Baron Hill of Indiana, Nancy Boyda of Kansas, John Yarmuth of Kentucky, Don Cazayoux of Louisiana, Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, Nick Lampson and Ciro Rodriguez of Texas, and Steve Kagen of Wisconsin.