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Conservative Clean Energy Group Backs New York Republicans

ClearPath Action Fund will spend six figures on digital ads for each lawmaker

ClearPath Action Fund endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik Thursday and plans to roll out six-figures worth of digital ads in her district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

ClearPath Action Fund, a super PAC that backs conservatives who support clean energy, announced its endorsement of two upstate New York Republicans on Thursday.   

Four-term Rep. Tom Reed, who represents the 23rd District, and freshman Rep. Elise Stefanik, who represents the 21st District, will each benefit from a six-figure digital media campaign the group will roll out soon.  

Ads will appear on Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube and will be micro-targeted to what the super PAC calls "persuadable clean energy voters."  

Reed faces a challenge from Democrat John Plumb  in his Safe Republican District. Democrat Mike Derrick is challenging Stefanik in her Safe Republican district.   

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ClearPath endorsed its first House incumbent, Florida's Carlos Curbelo, earlier this week. A Republican in a seat that redistricting made more Democratic, Curbelo is one of this year's most vulnerable incumbents.   

Also on Thursday, ClearPath debuted digital ads touting Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whom the group endorsed in April. The group plans to spend a combined seven figures on digital ads for the two endangered Republican senators.   

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North Carolina businessman Jay Faison established the ClearPath Foundation  last summer to push for market-based ways to push clean energy. Earlier this year, he launched the super PAC, which plans to spend $5 million to boost Republican congressional candidates. 

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