First in The Blast: Another group is entering the air war in Texas’ 32nd Congressional District.
End Citizens United, the national Democratic organization that promotes campaign finance reform, released a TV ad today targeting U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, over the corporate PAC money he has received during his long tenure in Congress. The commercial is part of a half-million-dollar investment in the race by End Citizens United.
“For Congressman Pete Sessions, the numbers don’t lie,” a narrators says in the half-minute spot. “After 20 years in Washington, Pete Sessions has taken $2.5 million from corporate PACs and given away billions in handouts to special interests.”
The narrator goes on to say the “numbers tell a different story” for Sessions’ Democratic challenger, Colin Allred, who is declining corporate PAC donations in his campaign. End Citizens United endorsed Allred, a civil rights attorney, earlier this year.
The commercial, titled “By the Numbers,” headlines a $532,000 effort in TX-32 by End Citizens United, according the group: $284,000 for TV ads in Dallas, $148,000 for digital spots aimed at women and independents, and $100,000 for direct mail. The new investment adds to a race that has become one most expensive congressional contests in the state, with outside spending alone topping $8 million.
Watch the ad:
— Patrick Svitek