February 22, 2018 / Press Releases

End Citizens United Announces Quarter Million Dollar Ad Buy in PA-18

Contrasts Lamb’s leadership on reform with Saccone’s record of spending tax dollars on himself

The television ads will run in support of Lamb from February 26 – March 4

End Citizens United (ECU) today unveiled its first ad in the Pennsylvania 18 special election. The television ad, titled “Clean House,” contrasts Conor Lamb’s commitment torejecting corporate PAC money and putting Pennsylvania families first, with Rick Saccone’s history of lavishly spending taxpayer money on himself. As a State Senator, Rick Saccone spent $437,172 in taxpayer dollars on himself.

The ad buy also includes a digital component which will start today, February 22 through the election, March 13. The digital ads can be viewed here.

“Conor Lamb is a reformer who is not accepting a dime of corporate PAC money,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “While Conor is demonstrating real leadership to make the system better before he even gets to Washington, Rick Saccone is a typical politician who manipulated the system to serve himself in Harrisburg. We’re committed to making sure voters know Lamb’s record of integrity and Saccone’s history of exploiting taxpayers.”

ECU was the first national group to support Lamb’s campaign. It has conducted its own polling showing Lamb in striking distance of an upset, within two points of Saccone. In just one month, the grassroots group has raised $175,000 in small-dollar donations, averaging $8.80 per donation, directly for Lamb’s campaign.

End Citizens United has 3,700 members in PA-18. The grassroots-funded political action committee (PAC) is dedicated to electing members of Congress who, like Lamb, will fight to get big money out of politics.

ECU’s grassroots network has played a vital role in the 2017 and 2018 special elections. In Alabama, ECU was the first national group to endorse Doug Jones, raising over $600,000with an average donation of just $12. In the GA-06 race, ECU was one of the first national groups to back Jon Ossoff and helped propel his campaign, while raising $1.4 million in small-dollar donations for Ossoff. And in the MT-AL special election, ECU’s members raised over $300,000 for Rob Quist.

Click here to watch the ad.
Click here for supporting information for “Clean House.”

Full script below:

VO: Rick Saccone. Promised no legislative perks in Harrisburg. Called ‘em “lavish”…

VO: ..Then, gobbled ‘em up. Spending four-hundred- thirty-five thousand taxpayer dollars on himself. Enough with politicians like Harrisburg’s Rick Saccone.

VO: Let’s clean house. Conor Lamb. Marine, and former prosecutor.

VO: Conor Lamb refuses donations from corporate PACs. Period. Conor Lamb. The integrity to fight for Pennsylvania’s families.

VO: End Citizens United is responsible for the content of this advertising.

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