Politics

Pro-Trump Outside Groups Are Investing in These 12 Races

America First is spending in 10 House districts and 2 Senate races

A pro-Trump super PAC has committed to spending $1 million in Maine’s 2nd District to help GOP  Rep. Bruce Poliquin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two outside groups that back President Donald Trump, America First Action and America First Policies, will collectively spend $12.5 million on the midterms, mostly in House districts that the president carried in 2016 and Republicans are either trying to hold or pick up in the fall. 

The total spending was reported earlier this week, but America First Action announced Friday the break down of exactly how much money the super PAC is committed to each House district. The spending commitments, which could include TV, radio, digital or direct mail advertising, are as follows: 

  • Maine’s 2nd District ($1 million)
  • Michigan’s 8th District ($854,000)
  • Michigan’s 11th District ($850,000)
  • Minnesota’s 1st District ($1.1 million)
  • Minnesota’s 8th District ($2 million)
  • North Carolina’s 13th District ($980,000)
  • New York’s 22nd District ($450,000)
  • Pennsylvania’s 17th District ($726,000)
  • Texas’ 32nd District ($1.5 million)
  • West Virginia’s 3rd District ($485,000)

American First Policies, the nonprofit affiliate of America First Action, will spend in two Senate races, both of which Republicans are trying to flip.

  • Missouri ($1.5 million)
  • North Dakota ($980,000)

“This is a critical first step and a sizable investment in helping Republicans hold the House and grow the Senate, and many of these races are in states that will be important to our efforts in 2020,” Brian O. Walsh, president of America First, said in a statement. 

“Much like we did when we invested in the Georgia special election in 2017, and the Pennsylvania and Ohio special elections in 2018, we will use all the tactics we feel are necessary — television, radio, and digital ads, and direct mail — to help our candidates win in these competitive races.”

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