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Texas Tribune: End Citizens United enters TX-32 TV battle

Oct 23, 2018

First in The BlastAnother 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

Read the original article in the Texas Tribune.