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Democratic PAC Buys $1.2M of TV Ad Time in Philly

Money-bagThe Democratic House Majority Political Action Committee recently announced their third round of TV reservations.

The PAC has spent nearly $20M to date on air time, and the most recent purchase allocates $7.3 million across the country. Targeting 13 competitive areas including Boston, Champaign, Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Manchester, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis, Tucson, and Washington D.C., the PAC hopes to gain the requisite 17 House seats for a Democratic majority.

With the midterm elections fast approaching and the President’s approval ratings underwater, party organizations are ensuring airtime for Democratic candidates in the most competitive districts.

In Pennsylvania, the House Majority PAC purchased $1.2M of air time for contenders in the Philadelphia region. It is unclear which individual campaigns the money will fund directly, as there are several districts within the region.

Philadelphia has received the second largest monetary chunk of the PAC’s air time expenditures to date, topped only by Phoenix, where the PAC is spending $1.3M.

The money could influence the races in PA-6 and PA-8.

In District 6, moderate Republican Jim Gerlach is retiring, and his district is considered to be highly competitive. Republican Ryan Costello and Democrat Manan Trivedi are competing for Gerlach’s seat.

In District 8, GOP member Mike Fitzpatrick hopes to keep the seat he has held since 2011. Democrats nationally have targeted Fitzpatrick each election cycle and this year Kevin Strouse will challenge the incumbent.

The Democratic Super PAC listed Fitzpatrick as one of ten “most vulnerable Republicans” whom they plan to target in 2014.

Alixandria Lapp, the group’s Executive Director summarized their hopes in a statement to the press.

“As races across the country start to shape up, it is clear that we are well-positioned to have a successful cycle. These early reservations will help our dollars go further and secure the air time we will need to pick up seats in November.”

5 Responses

  1. Do you just copy paste from dccc? Seriously journalism is dead. Pls find another job. You know what would be a good story for anyone listening? What abt what the dccc does to their candidates here in pa? They drop them and abandon their campaigns and then send press releases about how they dropped them in case anyone still wanted them to win.

  2. The 7th can be competitive with a twerp like Meehan running against a woman with both a brain and policy positions that reflect our needs a lot more than his.

  3. PA 7 CD doesn’t even garner a mention anymore? Sad state of affairs for Dems when they can’t even field a competitive candidate in PA 7. If the Dems can’t even sniff that race, chances of Dem majority are slim.

  4. Coupled with the competitive races in NJ that this is most likely earmarked for, this buy is pretty diluted.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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