The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Wednesday announced a new push using automated and live phone calls, Web ads and e-mails in the districts of 50 House Republicans.
The campaign suggests to voters that Republicans made the “wrong budget choices” that hurt the middle class, highlighting cuts to education, public safety and veterans services and noting that the GOP is allowing subsidies for oil companies to continue. The DCCC did not outline how much it is spending.
As Roll Call has reported, the DCCC’s last campaign amounted to $10,000 on radio ads against 19 GOP incumbents in 17 media markets — an average of $500 worth of radio ads spread across five days against each Member.
The majority of this new campaign, part of the “Drive to 25” effort to win back the House, will consist of phone calls. Voters living in the district held by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), for example, will get ominous automated phone calls.
“Everyone knows we need to cut spending and reduce the deficit in Washington. And we can do that by reforming government, cutting wasteful spending, and getting rid of taxpayer subsidies for the Big Oil companies that are making record profits,” a voice tells the voter, according to a script provided by the DCCC. “Instead, Rep. Vern Buchanan voted for a partisan plan to cut transportation and infrastructure costing more than 86,000 jobs and making our roads and bridges less safe. With unemployment at 9 percent, it just doesn’t make sense to cut investments in transportation and infrastructure that create jobs.”
Other calls mentioned specific cuts in each region, saying that the GOP budget would harm federal workers in Northern Virginia.
The campaign will go after the following Republicans:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.