House GOP super PAC exceeds $200 million in mid-term spending
CLF announced Wednesday morning that it had raised $73 million in the third quarter of the year, and it started October with $114 million in hand. The super PAC has already surpassed its previous fundraising record, set during the 2020 cycle, by $80 million.
Bursting with cash, the GOP super PAC will run ads in New York and Los Angeles — something few candidates and outside groups are able to do because of the exorbitant price tag. A $2 million buy will target Malinowski, who represents Northern New Jersey, and a $700,000 buy will focus on Porter, who owns an Orange County district that Biden carried by 12 points.
CLF adds $1.7 million to target Porter and Rep. mike levin (D-California); $700,000 against Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.); $3.65 million to help Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) and John Duarte, who race in central California; $550,000 to boost Rep. Mayra Flores (R-Texas); and $1 million to help Allan Fung in Rhode Island.
Biden won all of those districts by double digits in the last election.
« The palpable energy we’ve seen all cycle behind the fight for a new majority is only intensifying on the home stretch, » CWF President Dan Conston said in a statement. « We will continue to double down and make the investments we need to fight the Democrats and win on November 8. »
House Democratic strategists have admitted in recent days that they lack the resources to fully fund all of their candidates in battleground races. CLF’s growing investments against incumbents like Levin and Hayes further stretch Democrats’ limited funds, as they must now spend in those districts to help incumbents weather the onslaught.
Other incumbents have also seen additional expenses come against them: Reps. Kim Schrier (D-wash.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), wild susan (D-Pa.); and Frank Mrvan (D-Ind.). CLF also increased its purchases in three GOP-controlled districts held by representatives. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Yvette Herrel (RN.M.) and Rep. John Katko (RN.Y.).
The group is also adding $1.4 million to its digital ad reserves in districts across the country.