Saturday, May 19, 2012

FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS UPDATE: NRCC, Democratic Super-PAC Double Down In Tucson, Another GOP Super-PAC Starts Calling Arizonans

On Monday, Arizona's Politics posted new attack ads from both sides airing in Tucson for next month's special election to replace retired Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  The totals for the National Republican Cogressional Committee ("NRCC") and the Democratic-philic House Majority PAC Super-PAC stood at approximately $300,000 and $128,000, respectively;  on Friday, both groups filed reports acknowledging that they have nearly doubled those totals.

The House Majority PAC - primarily funded by labor unions and wealthy investors - doubled its ad budget for the ad titled "Screens" attacking Republican nominee Jesse Kelly.  The $108,282.90 buy brings its total in the race to $234,565.80.

Meanwhile, the NRCC may have a new ad about to come out targeting Democratic nominee Ron Barber.  The filing shows that it paid National Media & Research Planning & Placement $265,376.10 for media.  This is a different firm than they had paid for the previous ad, although they also paid that firm - Revolution Media Group - another $18,674.93 for media.  This brings the NRCC spend to $598,597.16 in the CD8 race.

Finally, another Republican-philic group, the American Action Network, filed today that it has spent $20,400 on "live-auto phone calls" on behalf of Kelly.  The AAN is a group founded by former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman and led by a former chief of staff for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The special election is June 12, and vote by mail ballots went out this past week.

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