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Podcast: Going Behind the Screen about Television Ad Reservations
Roll Call Decoder, Episode 7

The Capitol dome is seen in a reflection on a television news camera outside the Capitol on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Big Lead, Pro-Clinton Super PAC Suspends Ads in 3 Swing States
At the same time, poll shows most don't trust her or Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigns with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Monday. Clinton has opened up a large lead in polls in Pennsylvania and other battleground states. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Hillary Clinton's lead in the polls continues to hold, a pro-Clinton super PAC is suspending advertisements in three major swing states, despite the fact that many voters still say they don't trust her.

Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that was started to support President Barack Obama in 2012 and now backs Clinton, announced it was suspending advertising in Virginia, Colorado and Pennsylvania from Sept. 2 to 20.

Clinton Campaign Readying National Olympic Ad Blitz
High seven-figure network and cable advertising campaign

A senior Hillary Clinton campaign official said a big national ad buy during the Olympics is an effort to meet voters where they are. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hillary Clinton is planning a massive television ad buy during the Olympics, on the heels of accepting the Democratic nomination for president next week in Philadelphia.  

Hillary for America has reserved time for a high seven-figure national network and cable advertising campaign during the Summer Olympics, which begin August 5, according to a senior campaign official.  

Trump Uses Bill Clinton's Accusers in New Ad
'It was an assault,' a woman's voice says of her encounter with former president

A new Donald Trump ad targets former President Bill Clinton for his alleged womanizing. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

Allegations, a cigar and Hillary Clinton’s laugh dominate Donald Trump’s new campaign ad targeting former President Bill Clinton.  

The video “Is Hillary really protecting women?” was posted by the presumptive Republican nominee  on Instagram on Monday. It opens with an image of the White House which fades into a photograph of the former president with a cigar in his mouth.  

NRCC Goes On Air, Online Targeting Three House Democrats

Ashford is the target of GOP ads in his Omaha-based House seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will go up with television and digital ads in three districts this week targeting Democratic incumbents the committee hopes to pick off in 2016, according to a source with knowledge of the buys.  

The NRCC will spend a combined six-figure sum on a month's worth of ads hitting Democratic Reps. Scott Peters, Brad Ashford and Rick Nolan on national security issues, according to the source. The early buy is a sign Republicans will still play offense against vulnerable House Democrats in 2016, even as the GOP defends a number of seats Democrats often carry in presidential cycles.  

Senate Majority PAC Targets Kelly Ayotte With Early TV Ad

Ayotte is under fire by D.C. Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan waits on the sidelines, allies in Washington are not waiting to get involved in what is shaping up to be a hotly contested re-election contest for Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.  

On Wednesday, the Democrat-supporting Senate Majority PAC released a new television commercial that seeks to combat ads released last month by Americans for Prosperity. A source that tracks campaign ads said the group spent $250,000 on its buy. “Fifteen months before the election, yet the out-of-state, oil billionaire Koch brothers have already spent $1.2 million in New Hampshire to keep Kelly Ayotte in the U.S. Senate,” says the ad, taking aim of her support for tax breaks for oil companies. "With the Koch Brothers and Kelly Ayotte busy helping each other, who’s helping New Hampshire families get ahead?"  

Clay Aiken Is Back on TV (Updated)

Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:22 p.m. | "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, who is running for a North Carolina House seat as a Democrat, launched his first TV ad Tuesday — a bio spot highlighting his difficult childhood and his recent help for children with autism.  

"I'm running for Congress, and I approve this message because every child deserves a chance," Aiken says in the ad, released two weeks ahead of the state's May 6 primaries.  

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