Friday, August 1, 2014

NRCC Spends First Dollars Opposing Reps. Barber and Kirkpatrick - Surveying and Media (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

The National Republican Congressional Committee ("NRCC") has officially spent its first money in the two Arizona Congressional races that will be closely watched across the nation.

The NRCC filed an Independent Expenditure report with the Federal Election Commission this evening to cover a number of races across the country.  Of interest to Arizonans are the $41,500 which it spent on "survey research" and "media" to oppose southern Arizona Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) and the $22,500 spent on the same items to battle Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1).

(Interestingly, the NRCC paid two separate companies to survey CD2, and they hired different companies to handle CD1 and CD2 - spreading the business.)

Actually, the NRCC has already spent money on these Arizona races, as documented in a previous Arizona's Politics' article.  However, that did not need to be filed as a separate IE report because it was not within 60 days of the primary election; so perhaps the NRCC compliance consultants neglected to add it in.

The NRCC has also announced its intent to spend $3.0M in TV advertising in the two races in the weeks leading up to the general election.

The contested Republican primaries to select the candidates to oppose the Democratic incumbents will take place August 26, although early ballots were mailed out this week.

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