Congressional Leadership Fund Increases Fall Ad Reservations

GOP super PAC reserves TV times in three more districts

CLF has increased its ad reservations in Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s district from $1.4 million to $4.1 million. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with House GOP leadership, on Monday stepped up its initial ad reservations for the fall. 

CLF’s new $15 million in TV reservations comes after the GOP super PAC had already reserved $38 million in 20 districts in April. The second round of spending includes broadcast and cable TV reservations in three new districts and increased reservations in seven specific districts and one media market.

CLF has now reserved $50 million in TV time in addition to a $10 million digital investment for the fall. Making reservations earlier allows the outside group to lock in reservations at a lower rate for the fall. 

“Thanks to Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s leadership in Congress, CLF continues to break fundraising records, allowing us to be more aggressive in adding new races and increasing our previous buys,” executive director Corry Bliss said in a statement. 

The new reservations are as follows: 

  • CA-39 ($2 million): Republican Young Kim will face Democrat Gil Cisneros in this open-seat race.
  • NJ-07 ($2.1 million): GOP Rep. Leonard Lance is running for a sixth term against Democrat Tom Malinowski.
  • NY-19 ($1 million): Freshman GOP Rep. John A. Faso is running for a second term. The primary to decide his Democratic opponent is on June 26.

The updated reservations are as follows:

  • FL-26 ($2.5 million): CLF had previously reserved $1.67 million for GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s race.
  • IL-12 ($2.7 million): CLF had previously reserved $2 million for GOP Rep. Mike Bost’s race.
  • KY-06 ($1.8 million): CLF had previously announced reserving $1.8 million for GOP Rep. Andy Barr’s race, but after cost savings on the initial reservation, it’s now adding $100,000 to the reservation. 
  • ME-02 ($2.8 million): CLF had reserved $1.2 million for GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s race.
  • Minneapolis ($1.2 million): CLF’s reservations in the Minneapolis media market could be used for multiple competitive districts in the area.
  • MN-03 ($2.8 million): CLF had previously reserved $2.3 million for GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen’s race. 
  • PA-01 ($4.1 million): CLF had previously reserved $1.4 million for GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s race.
  • WA-08 ($3.5 million): CLF had previously reserved $2.1 million for the open seat in which Republican Dino Rossi is running. 

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