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Young Kim Launches First TV Ad in California’s 39th District
Kim is the first Republican in the crowded race to go on the airwaves

Former California Republican Assemblywoman Young Kim is running for the open 39th District seat. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Congressional hopeful Young Kim is the first Republican to go on the airwaves in the crowded race for California’s 39th District, launching a television ad Thursday. 

The spot, shared first with Roll Call, highlights the former assemblywoman’s ties to the man she is hoping to replace — retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce. Kim worked for the congressman for two decades 

Rohrabacher Challenger Keirstead Drops $152,000 for First TV Ad
Ad goes after Trump in district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016

Democratic candidate for California's 48th District Hans Keirstead released his first ad. (Keirstead campaign via YouTube)

One of the Democratic challengers to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is spending $152,000 on his first ad in California’s 48th District.

Hans Keirstead never mentions Rohrabacher by name in the ad.

Congressional Leadership Fund Reserves $48 Million in TV, Digital Ads
Super PAC is aligned with House GOP leadership

Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman is among the beneficiaries of the Congressional Leadership Fund’s fall ad reservations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with House Republican leadership, is making $38 million worth of television reservations for ads in the fall, and an additional $10 million investment for digital ads.

CLF is the first outside GOP group to make early advertising reservations ahead of the November elections, and it is investing four months earlier than it did in the 2016 cycle. Locking in airtime early allows the group to make the reservations at lower rates.

Not One Penny Targets GOP Lawmakers With New Billboards
Billboards say GOP lawmakers personally benefit from their tax overhaul

One of the billboards funded by Not One Penny is aimed at Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The liberal group Not One Penny is launching new billboards targeting GOP lawmakers and highlighting how they personally benefited from tax overhaul.

The campaign, shared first with Roll Call, includes figures from a recent report from the left-leaning Center for American progress on lawmakers’ own tax cuts under the GOP tax law. The billboards target 20 House members and 10 senators who have some of the highest tax cuts according to the report.

Rosen’s First Major Digital Ad Buy Targets Latino Voters
Nevada Democrat is challenging Republican incumbent Dean Heller

The new digital ad by Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., says she “didn’t back down” in her fight to protect “Dreamers.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen’s Senate campaign announced its first major digital buy Friday, launching ads in both English and Spanish aimed at Latino voters. The freshman Democrat is challenging Republican incumbent Dean Heller in a race that could be one of her party’s best pickup opportunities in the Senate.

The digital ads, shared first with Roll Call, focus on Rosen’s background and her support for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The ads include a 30-second video and a shorter 15-second version, in both languages.

Republican Group Runs Ad Defending Mueller Investigation on ‘Fox And Friends’
Senate Judiciary panel to vote on bill to protect Mueller after reports Trump wanted him gone

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating ties between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If President Donald Trump was tuning into his favorite morning news shows Wednesday, he may have noticed a peculiarly placed advertisement.

Republicans for the Rule of Law — an initiative spearheaded by a cadre of GOP politicos and conservative commentators — kicked off its campaign to defend special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russia’s  2016 election meddling and its alleged ties to Trump’s campaign with a television ad that aired on “Fox and Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Nathan’s (Mostly) Political One-Liners: Barn Jackets, HGTV and Close Shots
What’s running through my head on Thursday, April 5

The famous barn jacket made its way into Indiana Democrat Mel Hall’s latest campaign ad. (Screenshot Mel Hall for Congres/YouTube)

My inclination is to write 4,000 words about everything, so I’m trying something new here by limiting myself to one line of opinion or analysis per race or existential thought. Here goes:

With EMILY’s List endorsing Democrat Hiral Tipirneni and the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and Congressional Leadership Fund spending money to boost former state Sen. Debbie Lesko for the April 24 special election, I’m glad we moved the special election out of Solid Republican back in February.

Super PAC Drops Six Figures In Ohio 12 For Balderson
Main Street PAC spending for Pat Tiberi's former seat

Defending Main Street super PAC dropped six figures in support of Troy Balderson’s bid for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. (Defending Main Street via YouTube)

Defending Main Street dropped six figures to support Troy Balderson ahead of Ohio’s 12th District Republican primary to fill former Rep. Pat Tiberi’s seat.

The conservative super PAC began airing the ad Wednesday on both cable and digitally across the district.

Hawley Dings McCaskill Over Gorsuch Vote in New Web Ad
Missouri GOP Senate hopeful says incumbent puts party ahead of state

A vote against Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation last year is becoming an issue in the Missouri Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is launching a new digital ad Friday, foreshadowing one of his arguments in his campaign for Senate against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill: her vote against Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch last year. 

Only three Senate Democrats voted to confirm Gorsuch, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the seat left open after Justice Antonin Scalia died. In a new ad, Hawley’s campaign accuses McCaskill of putting the Democratic Party base ahead of Missouri voters by her vote against Gorsuch. 

NRSC Ties Red-State Democrats to Hillary Clinton in New Digital Ads
The ads feature Clinton's remarks that Trump's platform was "looking backwards"

Hillary Clinton is the star of new digital ads the NRSC is running against 10 Democratic senators. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For the first time this election cycle, the National Republican Senatorial Committee launched ads tying vulnerable Senate Democrats to a familiar GOP foe: Hillary Clinton.

New digital ads released Monday will run in the 10 states won by President Donald Trump in 2016 where Democratic senators are seeking re-election. The videos, which will be seen on Facebook, show footage of recent remarks made by Clinton in Mumbai, India, where she said Trump’s campaign platform was “looking backwards.” The videos also highlight her saying during the 2016 race that half of Trump’s supporters could be put into a “basket of deplorables.”