FOLLOWING MONEY IN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WATCH: DCCC Doubles Its Headmaster Ad Spend Against Babeu In #AZCD1...$340k (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

The Democrats' DCCC is going big early, quickly doubling its ad buy hammering GOP nominee Paul Babeu in the open-swing-mega-district that is Congressional District 1.  $340,000 has now been spent on the ad.

That first ad continues to feature snippets of Channel 15 reports on the Pinal County Sheriff's previous life as the controversial headmaster at DeSisto School in Massachusetts. Arizona's Politics reported on the disclosure that $170,000 went into the production and first week of air time.

The new FEC filing this afternoon indicates that an additional $171,121.30 in ad spots were purchased yesterday, bringing the total to more than $340,000.

Surprisingly, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee still has not yet posted the ad online and has not provided a copy to Arizona's Politics. However, a somewhat-blurry copy has been posted on YouTube by DailyKosElections, and it seems to match what we have seen on air; therefore, we are including it here.


DCCC has now spent nearly as much in less than one week as the campaign for Democratic nominee Tom O'Halleran had spent ($373k) in the entire first year of his effort to replace Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1). Kirkpatrick is running against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Going into the last three weeks of the primary - as of Aug. 10 - O'Halleran had $471k of cash on hand, and likely did not have to spend much before the Aug. 30 primary. Babeu had raised almost as much as O'Halleran, but had to spend much more in his competitive 4-way primary; he only had $116k cash on hand on Aug. 10, and likely spent much of it before Aug. 30.

The district - which covers a huge swath of eastern Arizona has long been a hotly-contested swing district.


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