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End Citizens United Airs Ads Tying Republicans to Corruption

Oct 21, 2020

By Erin Covey and Kirk A. Bado

The DCCC released six TV ads.

CA-21: Titled “Hazard Warning,” the 30-second spot criticizes former Rep. David Valadao (R) for voting with President Trump and voting for “an age tax that would cost older Californians five times more” in health care. (release)

NY-01: Titled “Chance,” the 30-second spot accuses Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) of “ignoring experts” and “playing politics” with the pandemic. (release)

NY-11: Titled “Stick It,” the 30-second spot hits state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R) for supporting tax breaks to corporations, tax raises for middle-class New Yorkers, and cuts to Social Security and Medicare. (release)

NJ-02: Titled “Reflection,” the 30-second spot claims that Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R) “only looks out for himself” after switching parties. (release)

NV-03: Titled “Fighter,” the 30-second spot focuses on former WWE wrestler Dan Rodimer’s (R) history of assault charges and accusations of domestic violence. (release)

TX-21: Titled “Know,” the 30-second spot criticizes Rep. Chip Roy (R) for not supporting protections for patients with preexisting conditions, like coronavirus. (release)

End Citizens United and Let America Vote released five ads in four districts on Wednesday. The ads, which include digital, TV spots and direct mailers, are part of a $1.4 million campaign.

MO-02: Titled “First Class All the Way,” the 30-second spot accuses Rep. Ann Wagner (R) of voting to raise her own pay and increase her net worth. The ad features champagne, luxury desserts, and slow pans over the inside of a private jet. (release)

NE-02: Titled “Propped,” the 30-second spot accuses Rep. Don Bacon (R) of being “propped up” by the oil and gas industry. (release)

NM-02: Titled “Pack,” the 30-second spot accuses 2018 nominee Yvette Herrell (R) of being “just another corrupt politician” for accepting money from PACs. (release) ECU released a 15-second ad accusing Herrell of being “another corrupt politician” for taking money from PACs. (release)

NY-02: Titled “Money Shark,” the 30-second spot accuses state Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino (R) of taking money from pharmaceutical companies and being another “shark in the water.” (release)

CA-25: State Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D) released a biographical TV spot talking about her working her way through community college. “We need leaders who know what it feels like to work hard and still feel squeezed,” Smith says in the 30-second ad. (release)

MT-AL: 2018 nominee Kathleen Williams (D) released a TV ad touting her Montana values, characterized as supporting law enforcement, fly fishing, and owning guns. The 30-second spot features a Republican veteran, a former sheriff, and a member of the Montana Sportsmen Alliance. (release)

NM-02: Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D) released a TV ad featuring an endorsement from Deming Mayor Benny Jasso (R). He talks about the congresswoman’s work to get his town funding during the pandemic and says, “This year, vote the person, not the party.” (release)

NY-02: VoteVets PAC and Women Vote!, the independent campaign arm of EMILY’s List, aired a TV ad attacking state Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino (R). “I’ve never seen the kind of attacks on a veteran like I’ve seen from Andrew Garbarino,” veteran Jorge Rosario says in the 30-second spot, before hitting Garbarino for his health care positions. (release)

NY-24: 2018 nominee Dana Balter (D) released a 30-second spot featuring a testimonial from a voter who supported Rep. John Katko (R) and is now backing Balter. (release)

PA-10: State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D) released his ninth TV ad of the cycle on Tuesday. The 30-second spot features testimonials from a group of veterans supporting DePasquale. (release)

TX-02: Former campaign staffer Sima Ladjevardian (D) released a 30-second spot on Tuesday. The ad, titled “What Do We Know,” criticizes Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) for “working with Donald Trump to dismantle our health care” and “eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions, including coronavirus.” (release)

TX-07: Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D) released an ad focusing on her work in the district. In the 30-second straight to camera spot, Fletcher highlights her efforts to keep jobs in Texas and cut health care costs. (release)

TX-22: 2018 nominee Sri Preston Kulkarni (D) released a TV ad contrasting his position on health care with that of Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls’ (R). “Nehls supports Trump’s lawsuit that would take health care from millions of Americans,” the ad’s announcer says, “Sri Preston Kulkarni will protect coverage for preexisting conditions.” (release)

VA-02: Rep. Elaine Luria (D) released a 30-second TV ad attacking former Rep. Scott Taylor (R) for his involvement in an election fraud case in which two of his staffers plead guilty. Retired U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson narrates the ad, saying, “Scott Taylor has a lot better chance of ending up here than back in Congress,” while pointing at a court building. (release)