DCCC launches Google ad campaign against Faso

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting freshman Republican Rep. John Faso and 24 other Republicans in a digital campaign that aims to drive Google searches to a website that demands Faso hold a town hall-style meeting.

The Google search advertisements will be targeted to people’s locations and attached to a wide array of search terms relating to the lawmaker, district, health care and town halls, according to the DCCC.

The advertisements for Faso will take people to Fasotownhallwatch.com. The website says at the top “404 no town halls found” and has a countdown clock to when the DCCC says the last town hall-style public meeting was held. It also has links to news articles or opinion pieces about Faso, an invitation to email Faso’s campaign to demand a town hall meeting, and links to tweet or post on Facebook.

The ads will run from Aug. 8 to Sept. 5.

“If House Republicans are heartless enough to take away healthcare from their constituents but too scared to face them at public town halls, they don’t deserve to be in Congress,” said DCCC Spokesman Evan Lukaske. “This digital ad campaign exposes Representative Faso while he’s home on recess and empowers people to hold him accountable.”

On July 31, Faso’s campaign spokesman, John Lange, said they expected to make an announcement shortly about August events.

“In the meantime, Congressman Faso continues to meet with constituents, with over 400 one-on-one and group meetings in which constituents successfully advocated for their positions taken since January,” Lange said.

Though no public town hall-style events have been announced from Faso’s office yet, on Monday Faso’s office announced that the congressman was leaving that day for a seven-day trip to Israel to “join a bipartisan delegation of Congress to learn firsthand the complex challenges facing the region.”

Faso has also participated in editorial boards with newspapers, is due to appear at a Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce event next Wednesday, has appeared on the local WAMC radio call-in show and appeared in smaller invite-only events.

The DCCC campaign comes as the 19th Congressional District, which includes Ulster and Sullivan counties,  has become a prime national target for Democrats to win back Congress and for Republicans to defend. So far, eight Democrats have said they want to take on Faso next year and two of those candidates outraised Faso from May to June. Nearly $2.5 million has poured into campaign coffers so far this year.

The DCCC isn’t the only group targeting Faso online. As we reported yesterday, a progressive group called Save My Care announced it would launch a separate digital advertisements in 10 states against Republicans who voted for the GOP’s health care repeal plan, including Faso.

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