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Schumer to the Rescue: Dem Super PAC to Spend $80M to Retake U.S. Senate

The $80 million ad buy will cover nine states that are key to who controls the U.S. Senate in 2019 and 2020.

By NTK Staff | 06.11.2018 @9:00am
Schumer to the Rescue: Dem Super PAC to Spend $80M to Retake U.S. Senate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is coming to the rescue of red-state Senate Democrats, whether they want the help or not.

The Washington Post reported Monday morning that the Schumer-allied Senate Majority PAC (SMP) has reserved $80 million in fall airtime covering nine battleground states that will determine who controls the U.S. Senate after 2018.

From Sean Sullivan:

The top Senate Democratic super PAC plans to spend about $80 million to reserve fall airtime for television commercials in nine battleground states, a sizable early investment in pursuit of winning control of the Senate.

Senate Majority PAC will soon secure post-Labor Day airtime in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia, the group told The Washington Post. The spending represents its first wave of fall reservations, officials said.

It’s unclear whether the likes of Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) want the help, given how closely SMP is tied to Schumer.

The Post noted that SMP is run by J.B. Poersch, “a close ally” of Schumer.

Schumer may also be a risky figure for Democrats in red states like Arizona and Tennessee.

On the other hand, $80 million buys some serious airtime. If Schumer wants to be Senate majority leader in 2019, he’ll need to spend some serious cash this midterm cycle. SMP’s fall buy represents the first step to spending a boatload of money.

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