Super PAC fills void as Iowa GOP's Ernst on duty

Published On: Jul 15 2014 09:09:30 AM EDT
DES MOINES, Iowa -

Conservative fundraising group American Crossroads is filling in for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst while she participates in Iowa National Guard training for two weeks.
    
Group spokesman Paul Lindsay told The Associated Press that the group backed by GOP strategist Karl Rove is spending $415,000 on a 30-second television ad that begins airing statewide Tuesday. That's in addition to the $3.1 million in advertising time the group has reserved in Iowa as part of the $20-million blitz the group plans in Senate battleground states.
    
After three decades, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is retiring after the November election, making Iowa among the top targets for Republicans, who need to gain six Senate seats to assume control of the chamber.
    
Ernst faces four-term U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley in November. Her campaign will air an ad during her two weeks at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, but she won't publicly campaign during that time, aides said.
    
Enter American Crossroads, which is a super PAC unaffiliated with Ernst's campaign and not bound by federal laws limiting contributions, though it is required to disclose its donors.
    
The ad mentions Braley's critique of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley's qualifications to be Senate Judiciary Chairman and Braley's support of the health care law. The ad calls Ernst, a state senator, "a better choice."
    
"We added it to fill the time when she was off the campaign trail," Lindsay said.
    
The super PAC's spending is its first in Iowa this year as well as the group's first ad buy by the group this year in a state that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, carried in 2012. The group also has spent money on advertising supporting U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, the Republican challenging incumbent Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, and also ads in Republican primary races in Alaska and North Carolina.

Comments

The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus