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Super PAC with ties to House Republican leadership announces $2.5 million investment into Tarkanian's race

Megan Messerly
Megan Messerly
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A super PAC with ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan announced today a $2.5 million investment  into Republican businessman Danny Tarkanian's bid for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District and its first television ad attacking his opponent, Democrat Susie Lee.

The announcement comes as part of the Congressional Leadership Fund’s new, $13 million investment in television ad reservations on both broadcast and cable in 15 congressional districts, including Tarkanian’s. The $13 million investment brings the super PAC’s fall advertising reservations to $85 million in addition to a pledged $20 million on digital advertising.

“This week’s $13 million reservation allows CLF to double-down in current districts and expand to new races as we work to support Republicans across the country,” the super PAC’s executive director Corry Bliss said in a statement.

Bliss added said that the super PAC’s field program has exceeded 21 million voter contacts since February 2017 and would “continue to be an effective tool in working to hold the House Republican majority.”

The announcement comes on the heels of a Trump-aligned super PAC announcing a $1.5 million investment into Tarkanian’s race and in the wake of reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee will focus all of its energy in the state on former Rep. Cresent Hardy and his bid for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District instead of Tarkanian.

The new ad seeks to paint Lee, an education advocate and philanthropist, as out-of-touch and tie her to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

“Susie Lee is rich. Really rich. Lee has 17 homes and flies around the world in a private plane. Susie Lee got even richer investing in companies that outsource American jobs,” the ad says. “Now Nancy Pelosi is sending campaign cash to Susie Lee because Lee opposed the middle-class tax cut.”

Updated 9-20-18 at 8:59 a.m. to include additional information about the size of the Congressional Leadership Fund's ad reservation in Nevada and its first television ad.


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